Semi-Conductor Laboratory - Fab Upgrade

Fab Upgrade

The Department of Space (DoS) planned to upgrade SCL to produce chips of 0.25 micrometer size from the current 0.8 micrometres. In 2006, IBM won a competition with another US-based firm, Atmel Corp., to handle a nearly Rs 5,000,000,000 contract to upgrade Semi-Conductor Laboratory. IBM backed out of the deal in 2008 citing concerns of dual-use technologies. DoS planned to upgrade the fab on its own after IBM backed out of the deal. As of 2010, SCL is undergoing an upgrade to produce chips of 0.18 micrometres from Tower Semiconductor, Israel.

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