This looks like a major step for the Chinese into the semi space. It looks like they will be producing 22nm chips for communications on FD SOI. It will be interesting to see how fast they progress up the ladder to compete at a state of the art level. I wonder how much IP they won't get and what attempts will be made to procure IP by any means possible, purchase or otherwise. With semis being the new steel, this is a move any country playing on the world stage must make, not only for the plant itself, but the social and technical foundation that goes with it. A broad and deep technical infrastructure is the future and any country that doesn't have at least a few will get left behind. China will have many and small countries will specialize. Any opinions and observations on if and when the Chinese will have a serious, state of the art fabs and time line would be appreciated.
US chipmaker plans new factory in China | CIO