Panel moderator George Scalise, president of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), said there is no question that a major migration of chip manufacturing activities toward Asia is under way. "More than two-thirds of all the state-of-the-art chip-making facilities now under construction are being built in Asia," he says. "This trend reflects both the rapid growth of electronics manufacturing in Asia and the effectiveness of tax incentives and other assistance programs offered to attract high-tech investment in the region." He also said that one of the SIA's top priorities is to improve the investment climate for high-tech manufacturing and R&D and design centers in the U.S.
(July 19, 2005) Bernin, France — Soitec, a manufacturer of silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafers and other engineered substrates, announces record consolidated sales of 51.2 million Euros for Q1 2005-2006. Sales grew 26.1% over the previous quarter and 57.3% over the same period one year ago. Wafer demand was strong for all major diameters, particularly for 300 mm, which represented 54% of total wafer sales for the quarter.