TriQuint Semiconductor Inc. has agreed to buy a wafer fabrication facility from Micron Technology Inc. in a transaction expected to boost Triqunit's gallium arsenide (GaAs) IC production capability and help consolidate its Texas operations at a single location.
Hillsboro, Ore.-based TriQuint said it will pay an undisclosed amount for Micron's fab in Richardson, Texas, and hinted that it may move its operations out of leased facilities in the Dallas campus of Texas Instruments Inc. The company said it expects to conclude the transaction within the next 90 days.
With the semiconductor industry facing growing capacity constraints, the acquisition of the Micron plant will add much needed production and future expansion facilities to TriQuint's operations. Combined with its plant in Oregon, the new plant also gives TriQuint the possibility of offering multi-production facilities to its customers, the company said.
"The new facility has plenty of room to house all of our present TriQuint Texas Operations as well as space for a very high volume six inch wafer manufacturing operation," said Steve Sharp, TriQuint's chief executive, in a statement. "With the growing dependence on GaAs for high volume communications applications, our customers need a supplier who has high capacity in more than one location."
TriQuint said the addition of the Micron plant will raise its total revenue capacity to well more than $1 billion once all equipment is installed.
The Micron facility is about four miles from TriQuint's current Texas location and has one Class 1 clean room of 10,000 sq. ft., which is configured as Class 100 clean room, and 80,000 sq. ft. of office space, TriQuint said.