India to manufacture semiconductor equipment soon: IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw

The IT Minister stated that the entire ecosystem for semiconductors will soon be made in India

March 12, 2024

US chip manufacturer Applied Materials sets up its validation centre in Bengaluru at a cost of US$ 20 million.

This validation centre will employ 500 people and is spread across ten acres and process of 300 mm chips

The government is working closely with stakeholders in the industry to create a conducive ecosystem for semiconductor manufacturing

This development marks the fulfilment of all four agreements made during the PM’s visit to US

At the inauguration of Applied Materials’ US$ 20-million-dollar facility in Bengaluru, India’s minister for IT, Ashwini Vaishnaw, stated that it will not be long before semiconductors are manufactured entirely in the country.

Last year, US-based Applied Materials announced that it would invest US$ 400 million over four years to fully set up its facility in Bengaluru to develop semiconductor manufacturing equipment in the country.

Components previously imported from countries like Taiwan and Japan will now be made in the Applied Materials facility in Bengaluru. This facility will be the first in India to process 300 mm wafers commercially. This is a big step in the right direction as until now, the processing of only 200 mm wafers has been undertaken commercially in the country.

Similarly, other crucial pillars of the semiconductor manufacturing infrastructure are being established in India. Micron has begun the construction of its ATMP centre, while LAM Research has started implementing its proposal to train Indian semiconductor engineers through its Semiverse Solutions. The IT minister said the Indian Institute of Science has commenced its first training course with 35 students.

The minister stated that the inauguration of the Applied Materials facility in Bengaluru marks the fulfilment of all four agreements made during the Honourable Prime Minister’s state visit to the US.

Source: Economic Times

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