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IDG News Service - Infineon Technologies has opened its first chip plant in Asia, a $1 billion facility located in Kulim, Malaysia.
The Kulim plant will produce power and logic chips used in automotive and industrial applications, Infineon said Tuesday. The factory will use 200mm wafers to produce these chips, one generation behind the 300mm wafers used by the most advanced chip plants currently in operation.
The Kulim plant will have a monthly production capacity of 100,000 wafers and employ a staff of 1,700 when production reaches full capacity, Infineon said.
The products that will be produced at Kulim include Infineon's CoolMOS and Smart-Power chips.
CoolMOS chips are used in power supplies for PCs and servers as well as in mobile-phone battery chargers to improve power efficiency and reduce heat, Infineon said. The Smart-Power chips are used in automotive applications, finding their way into a range of systems, including anti-lock brakes and airbags.