Samsung announced it will invest $4 billion to remodel its semiconductor fab in Austin, Texas for the production of 300mm wafers at the 28nm process node. The upgrade plans will take Samsung's total fab investment in Texas to $13 billion, last year the South Korean giant completed construction of phase two at the Austin fab, where it makes Apple A4 and A5 processors, as well as other logic chips.
Samsung said it plans to start work on the upgrade later this month. Mass production of the retroffited facility is expected to commence in the second half of next year, Samsung said.
"The added ability in production will allow our customers to better respond to market needs," said Woosung Han, president of Samsung Austin Semiconductor, in a statement.
Samsung said the $4 billion investment would mark the largest ever foreign investment in the state of Texas.