Samsung has inaugurated the largest 300mm NAND flash memory wafer plant in Austin, Texas. The 1.6 million square foot building will initially be producing 16GB NAND flash chips using 50-nanometer level process technology.
In ceremonies Thursday, Texas Governor Rick Perry said, â€œThis plant will further cement Texasâ€™ reputation as a world leader in high-tech innovation, and the home of a skilled workforce that can keep up with the demands of the growing handheld device industry.â€ The new Samsung plant is as large as nine football fields, one of the largest buildings in Austin.
The plant will make NAND flash memory chips, widely used in a host of consumer-related products, such as MP3 players, cell phones, digital cameras, and other mobile devices. NAND chips can also be found in the ubiquitous flash drives that consumers use to store photos, documents, music and other multimedia data as well as the new solid state drives for PCs.
Samsung has committed to an investment of $3.5 billion for the project, making it the largest single foreign investment in Texas and one of the largest in the United States.