Infenion's new plant

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By  Published  September 22, 2006

Chipmaker Infineon has invested US$1 billion in a semiconducter plant in Malaysia in an attempt to hold onto its lead in the power semiconducter market.

The Malaysian plant, which was rolled out in just 18 months, will employ 1,700 workers at full capacity, and accept 100,000 eight-inch (200mm) wafers per month.

Power semiconductor chips made at the plant will enable smaller and lighter power supplies and safer and more fuel-efficient cars, Infineon said.

Munich-based Infineon held 9.3% of the $11.35bn power semiconducter market last year, according to IMS Research supplied by the company, and is the world's largest supplier of power semiconducters in revenue terms, although it is closely followed by STMicroelectronics among others.

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