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Samsung to invest $3.6M in Austin fab

Austin, Tex. &151; Samsung Austin Semiconductor LLC has announced plans to expand the capacity of its 12-inch semiconductor fabrication plant in Austin with an investment of $3.6 billion to support production of advanced logic devices. The company will also hire an additional 500 employees.

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, which will continue to be produced at the plant.

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

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

Equipment move-in and build-out of the clean room will begin almost immediately. The company expects the facility will be operational by the second quarter of next year.

In March, the company established the Samsung Austin Semiconductor Research Center (SARC), which will concentrate on the design of large scale integrated (LSI) circuits, but is not part of the LSI manufacturing line. SARC will employ about 50 researchers by the end of 2010.

The new investment brings the total Samsung investment in Austin to more than $9 billion.

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