The quick approvals for Micron’s semiconductor packaging plant in Gujarat assisted the company’s plant in having a groundbreaking ceremony on 23 September 2023. Chipmaking major Micron organized a groundbreaking event at the Sanand industrial area to prompt the construction of the first phase of a $2.75 billion semiconductor packaging facility.
It also reveals India is now able to smoothly transition from vision to implementation and has given the government a playbook to establish chip manufacturing facilities, said Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar.
“It has taught both the Government of India and state government of Gujarat what is the playbook… Everyone learns new things the first time something happens and the process will only become smoother the next time,” said the Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw to media outlets.
“This factory will be a testimony to the fact that PM Modi had a vision and a plan and, in 15 months, we have come such a distance. It will have a cascading effect on other semiconductor investors and manufacturers,” he further added.
He also mentioned, “It’s almost like a lighthouse that says India is now ready to enter the big leagues of semiconductor manufacturing.”
During the function, Micron also signed a contract with Tata Projects to build the plant. Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw declared a world-class train between the industrial hub of Sanand and the state’s financial nerve center Ahmedabad.
The total cost of the project is $825 million (around Rs 6,760 crore) from Micron and the rest from the government in two stages.
Under the program, Micron will receive 50 percent fiscal support for the total project cost from the Union government and incentives representing 20 percent of the total project cost from the state of Gujarat.
Step-by-step construction of the new assembly and test facility in Gujarat is set to begin in 2023. Phase 1, which will contain 500,000 square feet of designed cleanroom space, will become operational in late 2024.
The plant is being backed by the government’s Rs 76,000 crore capex-linked incentive scheme to catalyze and construct India’s semiconductor ecosystem.
Ideally, TATA Projects covers the design and construction of a unique DRAM and NAND assembly and test facility in the country. If you are not aware, DRAM is the memory utilized to store code for algorithms, and processes and NAND is the memory used to keep data for pictures, and music.
The Sanand Factory will be developed in lines of the LEED Gold Standards of the Green Building Council and will also combine state-of-the-art water-saving technologies, allowing a Zero Liquid Discharge system, depicting the Tata Project’s dedication to sustainable and responsible construction practices.
For the unversed, Micron Technology, Inc. is an American producer of computer memory and computer data storage that involves dynamic random-access memory, flash memory, and USB flash drives. It has its head office in Boise, Idaho. Its consumer products, including the Ballistix line of memory modules, are promoted under the Crucial brand.
As of 2022, the company has made a revenue of 3,076 crores USD. The company’s founders include Ward Parkinson, Doug Pitman, Joe Parkinson, and Dennis Wilson.