Foundry X-Fab signs Sarawak firm to develop IP

Foundry X-Fab signs Sarawak firm to develop IP

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By Peter Clarke

X-Fab Silicon Foundries SE (Erfurt, Germany), a maker of analog and mixed-signal circuits and MEMS, has signed Sarawak Microelectronics Design Semiconductor Sdn Bhd (Kuching, Malaysia) to provide chip design services.

SMD Semiconductor is wholly-owned by the government of Malaysia and X-Fab has awarded a contract for chip design services to SMD under a framework service agreement.

That agreement was signed by X-Fab CEO Rudi de Winter and Shariman Jamil, CEO of SMD. The signing also confirms X-Fab’s expansion plan for its Samajaya wafer fab to increase output from 30,000 to 40,000 wafers per month by 2025.

“The SMD’s collaboration with X-Fab Global Services will make Sarawak a major player in the global chip supply chain and enable higher skilled jobs creations,” said Sarawak state premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Openg. The politician added that would welcome X-Fab partnering with technical institutions and universities to shape courses on semiconductors for undergraduates and postgraduates.

In X-Fab’s 2022 finances the company made an EDITDA profit of US$134.9 million on revenues of US$739.5 million, up 12 percent year-on-year.

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