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January 17, 2019 //By Peter Clarke
CEO interview: Sonderman on SkyWater's technology foundry model
SkyWater Technology Foundry Inc. is approaching the second anniversary of its formation as a "technology foundry" housed in mature facilities in Bloomington, Minnesota. We connected with company boss Tom Sonderman for an update on the development and plans for one of the industry's newest foundries.

"We are seeing strong demand for our Technology Foundry business model and are operating at high fab utilization," said Sonderman. He said processing 200mm-diameter wafers is the sweet spot for this type of business and he has no plans to move up to 300mm. However, he added that the company is looking at options for expanding capacity, including organic expansion on-site, acquisition and partnership, not only to expand capacity but also capabilities.

Although the Bloomington fab is pretty much full of equipment it does include a significant test facility so changes could be made there, Sonderman said. A second option is to "bump-out" an additional shell module from the existing building to enlarge the cleanroom area.

However, 2019 is going to be about continuing the transition and transformation of SkyWater, said Sonderman. "In 2020 it will be about growth." He added: "There's a lot of 200mm capability in the US and Europe. I do think there will be other situations that could be of interest to us."

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