SAN FRANCISCO—A subsidiary of South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. plans to invest $4 billion to beef up the company's logic semiconductor fab in Austin, Texas, the company said Tuesday (Aug. 21).
Samsung completed construction of phase two of the Austin fab—where Samsung builds A4 and A5 processors for Apple Inc. as well as other logic chips—last year. The upgrade plans announced Tuesday will bring Samsung's total fab investment in Texas to $13 billion, Samsung said.
Samsung said the remodeled fab line will mainly produce mobile SoCs on 300-mm wafers at the 28-nm process node.
Samsung said it plans to start work on the upgrade later this month. Mass production of the retroffited facility is expected to commence in the second half of next year, Samsung said.
"The added ability in production will allow our customers to better respond to market needs," said Woosung Han, president of Samsung Austin Semiconductor, in a statement.
Samsung said the $4 billion investment would mark the largest ever foreign investment in the state of Texas.
what a Business model these 2 companies have, fight for Design innovation, while sharing the Hardware Manufacturing.
I think the reason why Samsung is still making Apple chips, it doesn't want to let it go TSMC or Global Foundries. Samsung has good technology and Apple needs it now,until they can trust somebody else. (Global Foundries,I am betting on it)
Certainly not? The only thing that is certain is that the customer for autin fab chips is unknown. Apple could "certainly" be anywhere from 0% to 100% customer from Austin samsung fab. That is all that is certain because no one will confirm it or even comment on itt... not samsung or apple.
I don't know that Apple is fully dependent on Samsung, I wouldn't be surprised to see another source pop up on this cycle of hardware. Maybe the new processor will be fabbed in Austin and a slow migration of older parts to TMSC/Global.
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