Samsung sticking with Austin
Company reaffirms plans for $4 billion reboot of fabrication plant for processors.
Samsung Electronics Co. signaled Friday that it is continuing to invest in Austin, both in chip manufacturing capacity and in design of lowpower processor chips for mobile products and other devices.
Samsung reiterated that its latest Austin project — the retrofitting of half of its main fabrication operation in Northeast Austin — is expected to cost about $4 billion and go into commercial production in the second half of 2013.
That project will shift much of the production of the Austin factory from flash memory chips to advanced low-power processors that are used in mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets.
The revamped part of the factory will make processors with critical dimensions as small as 28 nanometers, a reduction in size of from the existing manufacturing technology used at the Austin plant. That advance translates into lower production costs, higher production quantities and lower power consumption by those chips.
While the big money is being spent on factory equipment for chip production, much of the continuing job growth at Samsung in Austin is for chip design.