HP sets up US$100m inkjet wafer fab in S'pore

Hewlett-Packard Co has invested US$100 million to establish an inkjet wafer fabrication plant in Singapore.The investment includes infrastructure costs and staff training for the facility at Depot Road.

SINGAPORE--Hewlett-Packard Co has invested US$100 million to establish an inkjet wafer fabrication plant in Singapore.

The investment includes infrastructure costs and staff training for the facility at Depot Road.

The new 10,000 square feet wafer fab will produce JETMOS chips, the main logic that controls the ink-firing action within the chamber of an HP inkjet cartridge. JETMOS wafers are used in ink cartridges for 1,200 to 2,400 dpi HP inkjet printers, HP said.

With the new wafer fab, HP Singapore will have the capability to produce the majority of the microchips used in HP inkjet cartridges worldwide, the company said in a statement. Its first inkjet wafer fab is located in Corvallis, Oregon.

HP vice president and general manager (imaging and printing supplies operations) Greg Merten claimed that the company has more than a 40 percent market share of the worldwide ink jet printer market.

The company currently has a 16,000 square feet thinfilm wafer fab in Singapore, which produces thinfilm wafers for use in ink cartridges for 300 to 600 dpi HP inkjet printers.