Samsung is ramping its efforts to make a big splash as a 28 nm SoC vendor.
Samsung is apparently targeting 300 mm wafer mass production for 28 nm devices for the second half of next year, as work on the project started earlier this month. "We are extremely pleased to extend our presence in Austin and reinforce Samsung's capacity for highly advanced logic products," Samsung stated.
"The added ability in production will allow our customers to better respond to market needs," said Woosung Han, president of Samsung Austin Semiconductor. The current construction employes about 2,500 workers.
Samsung currently manufactures A5 processors for Apple's iPhone and iPad devices and the recent announcement indicates that the company is not just upgrading, but also extending its production capacity. Samsung said that it has invested $13 billion in the Austin fab since 1996.