Toshiba increases power semiconductor production capacity with new equipment

Toshiba announced on Friday that it will build a new 300mm wafer manufacturing facility to increase its power semiconductor production capacity by March 2025.

Toshiba’s spokesperson said that the Japanese industrial conglomerate has invested about 100 billion yen ($ 873 million) in a new factory and 25 billion yen (200 million yen) in a 300 mm production line under construction at an existing chip factory. It will invest 17 million dollars). ..

Construction of a new wafer manufacturing facility in Ishikawa Prefecture will be carried out in two stages, and according to the company, production in the first stage is scheduled to start in 2024. statement..

Toshiba said that Toshiba’s power semiconductor production capacity will be 2.5 times that of 2021, when the first stage of production reached full operation.

“The new fab will have a seismic absorption structure. An enhanced BCP system with dual power lines and the latest energy-saving manufacturing equipment to reduce the environmental burden,” the company said.

Demand for power chips is increasing due to the electrification of vehicles and the automation of industrial equipment. A spokeswoman said the new plant could be further expanded by making additional investments on demand.

Toshiba claimed that it was able to meet the increasing demand for chips by increasing the production capacity of the 200mm line and accelerating the start of production of the 300mm line from the first half of 2023 to the second half of 2022.

“The overall capacity and capital investment of the new fab, production initiation, capacity, and production planning decisions reflect market trends,” he added.

Earlier this year, Toshiba announced that it had resumed some production at its semiconductor factory in Oita City, which had been shut down due to a major earthquake.

This move occurred in the midst of a global chip shortage, with Japan’s top eight automakers declining production by 49.7% last year, the sharpest decline since May 2020’s 61.8% decline. .. Among them, Toyota and Honda decreased by more than 55%.

Makoto Onodera, a Japanese subsidiary of TSMC, said in October last year that the global shortage of automotive semiconductors “will continue to be serious in 2022.”

Another Japanese multinational company, Nintendo, said on Thursday (pdf) Although the cumulative sales of switch hardware has exceeded 100 million units, “the outlook for semiconductors etc. is unclear” and “distribution delay is unresolved”.

Anne Zhang, Ellen Wan, and Reuters contributed to this report.

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Aldgra Fredly is a Malaysia-based freelance writer featuring the Epoch Times Asia Pacific News.