Indian fab project hires former GloFo exec

August 01, 2015 // By Peter Clarke
Indian foundry fab will be located near Indore in Madhya Pradesh. The company reports that talks are moving the project forward on all fronts including: funding, technology and customers.

Cricket Semiconductor LLC, an analog and power pure-play fab project being prepared for touch down in India, is making progress on multiple fronts and has hired a semiconductor industry veteran formerly with Globalfoundries

Aabid Husain, who was vice president of worldwide business development and marketing at Globalfoundries Inc. based at its 200mm wafer fab campus in Singapore, has joined Cricket Semiconductor as chief marketing officer.

Cricket Semiconductor also has a definite location for its wafer fab – Pithampur Industrial Park on the outskirts of the city of Indore, the largest city in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Indore happens to be Husain's birthplace. Cricket's plan is to break ground for the wafer fab at Pithampur in 2016 and to begin producing chips for customers there in 2018.

"When I was growing up I never dreamed I would be doing this sort of project in Indore but now it makes sense," Husain told EE Times Europe. "Indore, a city of 3.2 million people, is the financial capital of Madhya Pradesh. The industrial park is well developed and it has been a special economic zone for many years, which provides benefits of tax breaks and import-export duties are waived. There are about 10 pharma companies as will as automotive companies making cars and trucks."

"However most important for a wafer fab is the provision of water and power. Madhya Pradesh is one of few states in India that can guarantee that supply." he added.

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