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TI opens 300mm analog fab in Texas

Posted: 02 Oct 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Texas Instruments Inc. has opened a manufacturing facility in Richardson, Texas, claimed to be the only production facility to use 300mm silicon wafers to manufacture analog chips. The RFAB will give TI a strategic advantage in high-volume production because thousands of analog chips can be etched onto each of these wafers, more than double the number on the more commonly used and smaller 200mm wafers. The company expects to begin moving equipment into the facility this month.

"The time is right for this investment," said Rich Templeton, TI's chairman, president and CEO. "Customer demand for analog chips is growing, and there's tremendous desire to save energy and protect the environment. The chips produced here will help our customers make thousands of electronic products that are more energy-efficient. It is significant that these devices will be made here, in North Texas, in one of the industry's most environmentally responsible fabs."

The facility will produce analog ICs based on TI's proprietary process. Customers will use these chips in electronics ranging from smart phones and netbooks, to telecom and computing systems.

Production plans
Templeton said TI plans to ship the first chips from this facility by the end of 2010. When the first phase of equipment is ramped and producing at full capacity, the facility will be capable of shipping more than $1 billion worth of analog chips per year.

Hiring will begin immediately for 250 jobs in RFAB. "These are high-quality, well-paying engineering, manufacturing and administrative jobs for our North Texas region. The infrastructure that a facility like this requires will create other indirect jobs with suppliers and support services," said Templeton. "We want to thank our great partners in Richardson, Dallas, Plano and Austin who helped us make this happen," Templeton said, referring to the City of Richardson, Collin County, the Plano Independent School District and the Collin County Community College District.

"Texas Instruments' decision to again invest in Texas is yet another example of how, even during these economic times, the Lone Star State remains the top choice for companies looking to expand," said Rick Perry, Texas governor. "Our combination of a predictable regulatory climate, low taxation and a world-class workforce that is well prepared to fill the hundreds of new high-technology jobs TI will be bringing to the area."

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