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Samsung choses Austin for $17bn 3nm fab

The largest-ever investment by Samsung in the US for a 3nm fab will be based outside Austin, Texas to improve supply chain resilience of leading edge logic chips

www.eenewseurope.com, Nov. 24, 2021 – 

After looking at other location in the US for a new leading edge fab, Samsung Electronics has chosen to stay close to its existing operations in Austin, Texas for a $17bn fab for making 3nm chips.

This allows Intel breaking ground on a site for multiple fabs in Chandler, Arizona, and Texas Instruments announcing plans for at least two 300mm fabs on a site just north of Dallas, Texas.

The facility in Taylor, Texas, is on the outskirts of Austin and will manufacture products based on advanced process technologies for application in areas such as mobile, 5G, high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI).

The company will start work on the site in the first half of 2022 with the target of having the facility operational in the second half of 2024. This implies starting with a 3nm capability with a view to 2nm production. This would be consistent with the $17bn investment in the building, infrastructure and equipment, but the company has not said whether there will be multiple fabs on the site.

The location will allow Samsung to share skilled staff with its nearby fab and attract staff from Infineon and NXP who also have fabs nearby.

The Taylor site will span more than 5 million square meters and is expected to serve as a key location for Samsung's global semiconductor manufacturing capacity along with its latest new production line in Pyeongtaek, South Korea.

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