Korean semicon firm starts flash memory chip production in Clark

Publicly listed SFA Semicon Philippines Corp. (SSPC) has started the commercial production of embedded multimedia cards in its expanded manufacturing facility in Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga.

The company told the local bourse that it inaugurated on Tuesday, February 27, the second phase of its manufacturing plant after passing the trial and certification runs of the flash-based memory devices and after getting its customers’ approval for commercial production of the latest version of eMMC chips.

The eMMC, or embedded multimedia card, is an advanced, high-performance NAND flash memory which is designed for mobile applications, including tablets, smartphones, GPS systems, eReaders and other computing devices.

SSPC invested about $4.3 million in production equipment for the eMMC project, and $51 million for the expansion of its manufacturing facility. Before the expansion, the company has already been producing DDR4 generation dynamic random access (DRAM) chips and eMMC cards in its manufacturing plant.

SSPC president Byunggil Go said the project was designed to accommodate assembly contracts from new customers. Go said this was in line with the SFA Group’s direction to turn SSPC into its semiconductor manufacturing center in Asia.

“The Phase 2 expansion project reflects the commitment of Korea’s SFA Group to make SSPC its manufacturing hub in the region,” said SFA Semicon Korea’s chief operations officer Byeongchun Lee during the inauguration ceremony.

The SFA Group owns SFA Semicon Korea, SSPC’s parent company, which has manufacturing facilities in Korea and in China.

SSPC, Clark Freeport’s top export revenue-earning locator, expects to increase export sales with the opening of its expanded facility. — Leslie Gatpolintan (PNA)

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