Samsung Austin Semiconductor LLC announced today that it plans to invest about $4 billion to meet the rapidly growing demands for logic products. The funds will be used to renovate its existing fabrication operations in Austin, Texas. The remodeled fabrication line will mainly produce mobile SoCs on 300mm wafers at the 28nm process node.
"We are extremely pleased to extend our presence in Austin and reinforce Samsung's capacity for highly advanced logic products. The added ability in production will allow our customers to better respond to market needs," said Woosung Han, president of Samsung Austin Semiconductor.
Starting work this month, the project is scheduled to initiate mass production within the second half of 2013. The company did not disclose how many 300mm wafers per month or per quarter the new factory is going produce, but the amount of investments points to creation of manufacturing capacities capable of making tens of thousands of wafers per months.
Samsung's first 300mm facility in Austin, Texas, was built in 2007. An older fabrication plant, which produced chips on 200mm wafers, was closed in 2009 and refurbished for processing 300mm wafers. Among the primary customers of Samsung Semiconductor's facility in Austin, Texas is Apple.
Samsung's latest investment marks the largest single foreign investment ever made in the state of Texas. The company's total investment in Samsung Austin Semiconductor since 1996 will exceed $13 billion.