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Samsung's U.S. plant to grow with Rs.16,623.72 crore

Posted: 14 Jun 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Samsung fab expansion  logic chip  NAND flash 

Samsung Austin Semiconductor LLC is investing Rs.16,623.72 crore ($3.6 billion) into its Austin plant to expand the capacity of its 12-inch semiconductor fabrication plant.

The decision to bring the additional capacity to Austin was based on the company's long-term business requirements.

The expanded fabrication plant, one of the largest in the United States, will produce advanced logic devices for Samsung's system LSI business. Currently the Austin plant produces a variety of NAND flash memory chips. The production of those chips will continue.

The company will also hire an additional 500 employees as a result of the expansion.

"45nm and below advanced logic applications are in high demand and respective markets are expected to show substantial growth in the coming years. Together with the original advanced IC production capacity in Giheung, Korea, our rapid instalment of substantial new capacity in Austin will allow our customers to meet the growing demand for their exciting next-generation digital solutions," said Stephen Woo, executive VP and general manager, system LSI, Samsung.

The investment in the Austin campus will build out the second phase of the company's 23 lakh-square-foot (2.3-million-square-foot) semiconductor complex. The first half of the building was started in 2006 and began production a year later.

The 12-inch facility was built in 2007. An older fabrication plant, which produced chips on 8-inch wafers, was closed in 2009 and refurbished for metal (copper) process for 12-inch fabrication.

The new facility, which is dedicated to front-end fabrication of advanced 45nm logic process technology and beyond, is expected to be completed by the end of 2011.

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