LONDON Semefab (Scotland) Ltd. has acquired the building adjacent to its Fab 1 & Fab 2 facilities in Glenrothes to enable it to create an 871 sq m cleanroom for MEMS front end processing.
Fab 3 is scheduled to be operational by Jan 2009 and will be in a new 3000 sq m facility that will also house services and additional office space.
Semefab's Fab 1 started operation in 1986 fabricating CMOS, ASIC and discrete process technologies and the company expanded in 2000 adding Fab 2 for the fabrication of micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS).
In 2006 Semefab, under the SemeMEMS banner, was awarded Scottish Enterprise and U.K. Department of Trade & Industry funds to create the UK’s primary wafer fab node for Micro and Nanotechnology (MNT).
A £6.6 million (about $13 million) publicly funded capital expenditure investment, matched by a further £6.6 million contribution directly from Semefab, created a forward looking strategy to regain the U.K.’s position as a leading force in MEMS technology.
Executing the first phase of the investment, Semefab has expanded fab 2 by 29 percent and is presently installing new MEMS fabrication equipment with a scheduled fully operational date of February 2008. SemeMEMS is already supporting customers through feasibility, proof of concept and prototype technology stages. The 'open-access' service supports U.K., mainland Europe, North America and Israeli companies and academia. Technology projects should seamlessly transition from SemeMEMS to Semefab in order to ramp a customer’s demand from development to volume manufacturing.