A pair of chip vendors illustrated their confidence in China’s potential as a silicon powerhouse yesterday, opening brand spanking new facilities in the vast country.
Infineon formally opened its Suzhou plant, which will begin pumping out memory products this year, before hitting volume production early next year. The plant, which is west of Shanghai, will produce up to one billion memory chips a year when it is up and running. It is 72.5% owned by Infineon Technologies, with the remaining shares held by China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park Venture Co.
Meanwhile flash and CPU vendor Advanced Micro Devices said it will set up a Greater China HQ in Beijing, which will oversee its operations in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. AMD has been working hard to establish itself in China. Both the site and naming of the new HQ suggests the company is taking a few leaves from the Chinese government’s atlas. While Taiwan has long been Asia’s PC hub and styles itself as republic, Beijing views the island as simply a rogue province and an integral part of China.