Pure-play foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) and Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology Co. (JCET) have formed a joint venture for 12-inch bumping and related testing.
The JV facility will be established in Jiangyin National High-Tech Industrial Development Zone (JOIND) in China’s Jiangsu Province. The advantage to establishing the JV in JOIND is that it will allow the companies to quickly establish a 12-inch wafer bumping and CP testing production line. SMIC said that with JCET’s back-end packaging production line and SMIC’s 12-inch front-end production line, the JV will be China’s first domestic 12-inch IC manufacturing supply chain.
SMIC said because the supply chain is local to China’s consumer electronics industry, products can be delivered with a shorter time-to-market window and will be easier to adapt to the fast-changing CE market.
Dr. Tzu-Yin Chiu, SMIC's CEO and executive director said in a statement, that the Yangtze River Delta is regionally “the strongest, largest, and most developed ecosystem in China's IC industry” and that JOIND is located right at the center in the Golden Triangle comprised of Suzhou, Wuxi and Changzhou, and is only 180km from Shanghai.
He added that because JCET resides in Jiangyin, the joint venture will utilize JCET’s existing manufacturing base and established facilities and “the mid and back-end lines will be constructed nearby to increase its dominance in the area, shorten itslead-time, and provide a one-stop service for customers.”
SMIC said the JV project will ramp up the company’s 28nm production as well as increase the capacity of China’s domestic semiconductor industry.