2010 Press Releases
Overwhelming orders for SilTerra’s wafer chips
Kulim, Kedah, March 17, 2010 – KULIM: Silterra Malaysia
Sdn Bhd has been receiving order volumes that exceed its
monthly production capacity of wafer chips since last year.
Orders started to come in during the third quarter of 2008,
when the global economy started to slow down, said chief
executive officer Dr Kamarulzaman Mohamed Zin.
“By the second quarter of 2009, the volume that came in
exceeded our production capacity."
“As Silterra’s monthly production capacity is about 30,000
wafer chips, we have to outsource the surplus orders to our
partners in the Asia-Pacific region,” he said at a briefing
to Malaysian Industrial Development Authority officials and
the media at the Kulim Hi-Tech Park (KHTP).
The orders were growing because Malaysia was increasingly seen
as an alternative wafer fabrication site to China and Taiwan.
said the cost of hiring engineers for wafer plants in China
was on par with Malaysia and thus China no longer provided the
competitive edge when recruiting skilled labour.
“Malaysia, on the other hand, has good intellectual property
laws in place, which makes it attractive. Even China’s
high-end wafer fabless design house comes to Silterra, which
has over the years established itself as a key player in the
wafer chip fabrication business,” he said.
said Silterra was also now exploring the possibility of
equipping the KHTP facility with consigned equipment from
integrated device manufacturers (IDMs) that did not want to be
involved in wafer fabrication anymore to save cost.
this arrangement, these IDMs will let Silterra use their
equipment for an agreed period. We will also produce for their
customers using the consigned equipment.
strategy will help us to save substantially on capital
expenditure,” he said.
also said Silterra was considering setting up another wafer
fabrication plant in KHTP.
About Silterra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.:
Market demand driven, SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd is a
semiconductor wafer foundry offering major foundry compatible
CMOS logic, high-voltage and mixed-signal/RF technologies down
to 0.13-micron feature size. This includes complete,
competitive contract manufacturing for fabless and IDM
customers’ designs. SilTerra’s wafer fab has a design
capacity of 40,000 eight-inch wafers per month.
vigilant, SilTerra delivers award winning, world-class
performance to its customers seeking flexible capacity,
competitive advantages and around the clock customer support.
SilTerra is ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001 certified. Founded in
1995, the company’s headquarters and factory are located in
Malaysia’s Kulim High-Tech Park, and SilTerra has sales and
marketing offices in San Jose (California) and Hsinchu
(Taiwan). For additional information on SilTerra or its
services, please visit www.silterra.com.
Koh Meng Kong
+6-012-491-0425 (Cell phone)
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Tel : +886-3-574-1587 (o)