Thursday, June 25, 2015

Saxonian President Tillich propose Euro-Chip Foundry in Dresden

Sachsens Ministerpräsident Stanislaw Tillich. Abb.: J. Jeibmann/Staatskanzlei
The Minister-President of the German Free State of Saxony, Stanislaw Tillich (CDU) propose to the European Commission to build a European Foundry. Obviously he would like to see it built in Dresden.

Today two 300 mm Fabs are operated in Dresden, The Globalfoundries Fab1 running high performance CMOS down to 28 nm and having 22 nm FDSOI in pilot, according to a recent statement made in Grenoble (

The other 300 mm Fab is the ex-Infineon, ex Qimonda - now Infineon 300 mm DRAM Fab that has been converted to manufacturing power semiconductors on 300mm thin wafers in its CoolMOS family. In addition, XFab has a 200 mm Fab in Dresden

It is not the first time this idea of a European foundry has surfaced in Dresden and it will be interesting to see at SEMICON Europa 6-8 October how serious this bold proposal by Mr. Tillich. We have to remember that it was on his watch when Infineon let Qimonda go down the drain in 2009. One point for discussion will obviously be - if Fab1 is struggling to keep i high utilization today - what products will fill the European Mega Fab. The answer can´t just be IoT and Industrie Vier-Punkt-Null - This would also be a Mega Investment! Let´s be hopeful - Go Tillich!

The Dresden manufacturing site is recognized throughout the industry as among the most successful leading-edge semiconductor production facility in the world. Fab 1 represents one of the biggest international investments in Germany with a total investment to date of more than $7 billion, and about 3,000 world-class engineers, technicians, and specialists. (

The Dresden 200 mm site is characterized by a high degree of automation: Fully automated wafer transport, integrated production control and single wafer tracking are central elements. Every week thousands of silicon wafers pass through the highly complex production system in our high end clean room. Infineon Dresden runs production 24-hours a day, seven days a week throughout the year, in a modern and flexible shift system. In July 2011, the Infineon Management Board had decided to establish Dresden as the world's first high-volume production site for power semiconductor devices on 300mm wafers. (

The X-FAB Dresden location running analog/mixed-signal CMOS processes (

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