Richmond, Va.--April 28, 1998--Siemens AG (Munich and Berlin), andMotorola (Schaumburg, Ill.), celebrated the formal opening of WhiteOak Semiconductor, their $1.5 billion jointly owned semiconductormanufacturing facility near Richmond, Va.
White Oak Semiconductor, a 50/50 joint venture, currently has a workforceof 1,000 employees. The new 800,000-square-foot facility is designed forfully integrated wafer manufacturing, assembly, and final test.
White Oak Semiconductor is currently ramping up its initial product, the64-MBit DRAM, using leading-edge process technology at and below a quarter micron. The 64-MBit DRAMs will be marketed by Siemens Semiconductors. Motorola will market next-generation FSRAM (Fast Static Random Access Memory) devices that will be added to the plant's product portfolio later this year.
Besides their manufacturing joint venture in Virginia, Siemens andMotorola have teamed up in another joint venture to develop next-generation300-mm wafer manufacturing technology at Siemens Semiconductors' chip plant inDresden, Germany.
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