Samsung Austin Semiconductor’s 300mm automated fab, S2, has been ramped to volume production only five months after production of the first wafer. The fab has now reached the target capacity of 40,000 wspm following the initiation of the cleanroom construction in August 2010. The S2 line will be tasked with production of devices using Samsung’s low-power logic process technology at the 45nm node.
Samsung Austin Semiconductor now employs over 2,400 staff and invested more than US$9 billion in its Austin facilities. The company has set up what it calls a “synchronized global production network” between its Austin facility and its fab in Giheung, South Korea ahead of schedule, and claims to be well-placed to serve market demand while also meeting ongoing efficiency demands.
"I appreciate all our employees' hard work and dedicated efforts in the successful implementation of the advanced low-power technology at the new logic line in Austin, in-sync with Samsung's 300mm logic line in Giheung," said Steve Hah, vice president of Samsung Austin Semiconductor. "Importantly, this achievement enables us to support customer requirements in a timely manner and enhances customer's level of confidence with us as well as our advanced production competitiveness."