"Finally, the proposed site for semiconductor wafer fabrication plant at Prantij is going to see light of the day. Centre has approved the plan and very soon it will be announced, said additional chief secretary, industry and mines department, Gujarat government, Maheshwar Sahu. If that comes true, located barely 75km away from Ahmedabad and before Himatnagar, Prantij will be hub of chip-making industry.
"For this Gujarat government will provide about 1,000 acres of land, water and uninterrupted power. In 1,000 acres, land will also be given to over 100 ancillary units," said Sahu, speaking on the sidelines after the inauguration of Gujarat Knowledge Application & Facilitation Centre (GKAFC).
"There are two plants coming to India, each with an investment of over Rs20,000 crore. One is at Noida near Delhi and second is at Prantij near Gandhinagar," said Sahu, adding that the central government will fund up to Rs6,000 crore for this project.
The consortium of Hindustan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (HSMC) along with ST Microelectronics from France and Silterra from Malaysia will be investing up to Rs25,250 crore to develop the proposed fab plant. As per the plan proposed by central government the outlay of the proposed fab plant, 40,000 wafers will be produced every month of 300 mm size, using Advanced CMOS technology. Technology nodes proposed are 90, 65 and 45 nm nodes in Phase I and 45, 28 and 22 nm nodes in Phase II.
GKAFC is a centre of excellence by CII, Gujarat government and Gujarat NRE Coke. Speaking at the inaugural of the Center of Excellence R Mukundan, chairman, CII Western Region and Managing Director, Tata Chemicals said that CII has set up this Centre of Excellence 'Gujarat Knowledge Application&Facilitation Centre (GKAFC)'. "Centre of Excellence in Nanotechnology (CoE-NT) also has been setup with the support of Gujarat government.
GKAFC has already started working on enhancing the application of geosynthetics in infrastructure sector, on exploiting the potential of Bioenergy for captive consumptionand by transport sector in the form of bottled Bio-CNG, for larger acceptance of battery operated two wheelers and it is also working on increasing the acreage of aqua and prawn culture and enhancing the competitiveness of this sector.