Soitec, a French company leader in the design and production of innovative semiconductor materials, just broke ground on the construction of its wafer fab extension at Singapore’s Pasir Ris Wafer Fab Park.
The fab extension will be dedicated to the production of 300 mm SOI wafers, which are used to produce chips for smartphones, particularly in 5G communications, as well as vehicles and smart devices. Upon its completion in 2024, the extension will add 45,000 square meters of clean room and office space and enable Soitec to double its annual production capacity in Singapore to around two million 300 mm SOI wafers.
Soitec aims to double its workforce in its Pasir Ris facility to more than 600 by 2026. In parallel to this extension, Soitec is also expanding its technology presence in Singapore with the operational start of its characterization Lab within Soitec’s Singapore Technology Center.
Soitec’s addressable market for engineered wafers is expected to expand more than twofold by 2026, from around 3.5 million to over 7 million wafers, fuelled by increasing 5G adoption, vehicle electrification and automation as well as burgeoning demand for connected, intelligent devices.