Tata Projects has announced a partnership with Micron Technology to build a state-of-the-art semiconductor assembly and testing facility in Sanand, Gujarat. This project, which is the largest investment under the India Semiconductor Mission (ISM), will be situated on a 93-acre plot in the Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation area of Chaarodi, Sanand.
The first phase of construction will include a 500,000 square feet cleanroom space, expected to be operational by late 2024. The facility will be the first in India to house DRAM (dynamic random access memory) and NAND (non-volatile flash memory) assembly and testing capabilities.
Tata Projects plans to employ modern construction methods and techniques for this project, including integrated EPC delivery through 4D BIM and hybrid modular accelerated construction. The Sanand factory will also adhere to LEED Gold Standards of the Green Building Council and incorporate advanced water-saving technologies.
The groundbreaking ceremony for this semiconductor plant, a first for India, has already taken place in Gujarat. Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology, Ashwini Vaishnaw, expressed confidence that the plant’s construction would be completed soon. He anticipates that the first indigenous microchips will be produced by December 2024.
Vaishnaw highlighted the growth of India’s electronics industry under PM Modi’s leadership, noting that the manufacturing cost of mobile phones has increased from ₹17,000 crores in 2014 to ₹3,65,000 crores today. The electronics industry’s value has also grown from ₹1,90,000 crores to ₹8,30,000 crores. Exports have seen a fivefold increase from ₹40,000 crores to ₹2,00,000 crores. Vaishnaw attributed these advancements to semiconductor chips and stated that India is on track to become a major semiconductor hub.