CHANDLER, Ariz. Motorola Inc. is ready to start the next expansion phase of its MOS-12 wafer fab here, the company said Thursday (May 27). The $40 million phase will complete the interior of the east portion of the fab building, add infrastructure to the plant, and install several process tools. It is part of a $1.1 billion project announced in October 1997.
The expansion will add production capacity for advanced embedded microcontrollers, which are used in cellular and communications network systems as well as automotive electronics, according to Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector. The new work will begin in a few weeks, with the completion scheduled for the first quarter of 2000.
"This expansion plan underscores the sector's strategy to focus on advanced technology, high-value-added DigitalDNA embedded solutions for our customers," said Hector de J. Ruiz, president of Motorola's semiconductor business. "Our continuing investment in the Chandler facility is our largest, most important capital expenditure anywhere in the world."
When the project is completed, an additional 100,000 square feet of cleanroom will be available for wafer processing and testing operations. So far, Motorola said it has invested more than $375 million in construction and facilitization at the plant since the expansion project was announced in 1997. An additional $90 million is expected to be spend on the facility in 1999, Motorola said.