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Philippines reveals plans for first wafer fabrication plant

The Filipino Board of Investments (BOI) has made a 'strategic collaboration' with the US government, which will see the Philippines move into fabrication for the first time.

Officials from the two countries met last week to explore cooperation and subsidies. In a statement afterwards, the BOI confirmed it will create the country's first lab-scale wafer fabrication plant. At present, the Philippines' semiconductor industry focuses only on assembly, testing, and packaging of semiconductors.

BOI said the proposed wafer fab lab will train 128,000 semiconductor-related engineers and technicians by 2028, and help domestic firms to prototype and tape out their chip designs locally.

The initiative represents another strand of the US's efforts to secure its international semiconductor supply chains. The Biden administration has made USD 500 million available to friendly overseas suppliers as part of its CHIPS and Science Act. The Philippines is one of the countries selected along with Panama, Mexico, Vietnam, and Costa Rica.

"We welcome this strategic collaboration with the United States in semiconductors and critical minerals. This partnership not only reinforces the Philippines' position as a key player in the global economy but also opens avenues for mutual growth and innovation. Together, we are charting a course toward sustainable development and economic resilience," said BOI Managing Head Ceferino Rodolfo. 


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June 13 2024 1:49 pm V22.4.55-2