Semiconductor manufacturing in Asia has been increasing at an impressive pace and that trend will continue for at least the next several years, reports In-Stat. Asian semiconductor-manufacturing capacity will increase at a compound annual growth rate of 10.8 percent from 2006 to 2011, the high-tech market research firm says. “The pure-play foundries are becoming more important as outsourcing from integrated device manufacturers is on the upswing,” says Mayank Jain, In-Stat analyst. “Pure-play foundries have maintained their lead in developing leading-edge process technologies. DRAM and Flash manufacturing capacity in the region is also witnessing substantial growth.”

In-Stat’s research report, “Semiconductor Manufacturing Capacity Trends in Asia,” covers the Asian semiconductor manufacturing market. It examines the semiconductor manufacturing capacity of Asia as a whole and of individual countries, with a five-year forecast. It also provides an overview of 300 mm capacity in the region. In addition, it provides details such as capacity, process technologies and wafer size for all the leading fabs in the region.

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

• There were twenty-five 300 mm fabs operational in the Asia Pacific region in 2006.

• Singapore will experience the highest growth rate due to fresh investments from leading memory makers.

• In 2006, Taiwan had the most 300 mm capacity, followed by South Korea.

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