Texas Instruments (TI), a provider for analog and embedded processing, opened its first semiconductor manufacturing facility in China. The facility is located in the Chengdu High-tech Zone (CDHT) in Chengdu, a city in the southwestern region of China and considered by many to be China's next major technology hub. The new entity, named TI Semiconductor Manufacturing (Chengdu), is a wholly owned enterprise in China and was established with a total investment of up to US$275 million in cash and other investments.
“Chengdu is becoming an electronics and information technology hub in Western China, and TI chose Chengdu as the location for our first semiconductor manufacturing site due to the visionary efforts of the Chengdu municipal government which provides the infrastructure needed to attract technology companies”, said Xie Bing, Chairman of TI Chengdu. “After months of research, inspections and discussions, TI reached an investment agreement to open a 200-mm wafer fab that will expand TI's analog production capacity.”
With a presence in Hong Kong since 1967 and in the China mainland since 1986, TI's strategy in China has always been about putting resources closer to its customer base. TI has employees in sales and marketing, research and development and now manufacturing in a total of 16 cities in China: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Nanjing, Xi'an, Wuhan, Xiamen, Dongguan, Zhuhai, Nanjing, Qingdao, Suzhou, Hangzhou and Hong Kong.
“Over the last five years TI has doubled its sales force, established more than 16 sales offices across the country and added R&D teams to support our growing customer base,” said Xie Bing. “Establishing TI's first semiconductor manufacturing in China reinforces TI's commitment to growing the China market and supporting local customers.”
TI Chengdu includes a 200-mm manufacturing facility and equipment purchased from Cension Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. The facility includes a 120,000-square-foot fab capable of supporting more than $1 billion in annual revenue and a 134,000-square-foot fab reserved for future production capacity.