Catania investment is one option for Freescale - Embedded.com

Catania investment is one option for Freescale

LONDON — Working with STMicroelectronics to equip a 300-mm wafer fab in Catania, Italy, is one of three options for adding manufacturing capacity under consideration by Freescale Semiconductor, according to Denis Griot, the company's senior vice president.

Earlier this week, Carlo Bozotti, ST's president and chief executive officer, said the chip maker was looking for partnersto share the cost of equipping the fab. Griot confirmed to EE Times UK that Freescale is considering such an investment.

Griot, who also manages Freescale's operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, was the key negotiator when Freescale (then Motorola Semiconductor) joined the Crolles 2 chip project in which it cooperates with ST and Philips Semiconductor on process and IP development.

Griot spoke at the Europartners Distribution Forum in Paris. When asked by EE Times UK if investing in Catania was under consideration, Griot said, “I think a lot of the Crolle technology will migrate to proprietary fabs in addition to TSMC, as it does today. And of course we are considering the scenario you mentioned. But there are other scenarios which are more in Asia but also in North America.”

Griot added, “The final decision has definitely not been taken and this is just one scenario among three we are considering.”

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