Motorola Electronics Ltd. (China) announced that it has suspended mass production in its Tianjin wafer plant due to slow demand for mobile phone chipsets. According to the company, in spite of the recovery in the semiconductor industry this year, the situation remains unstable.
In 2001, Motorola announced the development of its first chipset in the Tianjin facility, which was set for mass production in early 2002. Motorola decided to adjust its timetable for the Tianjin facility to begin mass production for 2002. The Tianjin plant consists of a 0.18µm production line, which is capable of manufacturing 8in chipsets for use in applications such as cellular phones and other communication equipment devices.