Sources: Analog chipmakers in Taiwan are shifting to 8-inch wafers

02/3/2012 | DigiTimes

Taiwanese manufacturers of analog ICs this year will move to using 8-inch silicon wafers, which will help improve fabrication costs, DigiTimes reports, citing industry sources. The move is expected to aid those chip suppliers in competing with Texas Instruments and other rivals already employing 12-inch wafers on their fab lines. Global Mixed-mode Technology and Richtek Technology began the transition to 8-inch wafer fabrication in 2011, the sources said, with Richtek expecting to turn out 40% to 50% of its production on 8-inch diameters this year.

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