Intel has completed first-round recruitment of staff for its 12-inch fab in Dalian, China (Fab 68) amid the rising wave of layoffs and production cuts by global semiconductor players, according to market sources in China.
The recruitment has drawn widespread attention in China's semiconductor industry as a large proportion of the hires appear to have come from the Beijing plant of Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) as well as Hynix Semiconductor's Wuxi plant, indicated the sources.
Intel said previously that it plans to initially recruit 1,200 employees for Fab 68, of which, 800 will be talent home grown in China.
Construction of Fab 68 is scheduled for completion in the first half of 2009 with commercial production set for the first half of 2010 using a 90nm process node.
Intel's latest recruitment news comes as SMIC and Qimonda are both reportedly cutting back their production in China, while Elpida Memory is said to have temporarily suspended its plans to build a 12-inch fab in Suzhou in cooperation with He Jian Technology.