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Chip Companies Invest in US Fabs

Last month, we wrote about Asian companies investing in the U.S.  Now, these three companies have announced new builds and expansions, and more seem to be following suit.

Thin Film Electronics – California

Thin Film Electronics will be opening a new fabrication facility located in San Jose, California. Notably, their production methods differ from their competitors by making use of flexible material instead of the silicon wafers commonly used in semiconductor manufacturing. This new facility will focus on the production of electronic article surveillance tags (NFC) used to monitor product theft or tampering. They expect to be producing NFC tags at the new plant by 2018.

Samsung – Texas

Samsung is dedicating $1 billion to expand their existing semiconductor facility in Austin, Texas. They announced the expansion in November 2016, with construction taking place during the first half of this year. The Austin location focuses on the production of memory chips and LSI components.

GlabalFoundries – New York

GlobalFoundries also announced expansions to their Malta, New York production location in 2016. Plans include several billion dollars worth of upgrades to the Fab 8 facility. The goal of these improvements is to manufacture chips with 7nm features. The expansion builds upon the initial $12 billion already invested by the Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Development Company for initial construction and outfitting.

Source: U.S. Fab Investments Rise