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GlobalWafers Schedules $5 Billion Texas Plant Ground-breaking for November

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GlobalWafers Chairwoman and chief executive Doris Hsu has advised reporters including Reuters, that construction of its $5B manufacturing facility in Texas will start in late November. Hsu, said that the plant will make 300mm (12-inch) silicon wafers, a staple commodity in the semiconductor industry. This is the first silicon wafer facility to be built in the US in over 20 years, and will quickly become an important part of the ecosystem that is currently rapidly expanding thanks to the passing of the US Chips Act.

The GlobalWafers boss told reporters that the lure of U.S. Chip Act funding was important, but not the only factor leading up to the decision to open a sizable facility in Texas. “I think the U.S. market lacks silicon wafers. When we discuss carbon footprints, localization, and green solutions, I think there needs to be a local solution,” Hsu told reporters. However, the U.S. found favor and GlobalWafers shifted its plans from Germany this summer (despite the EU Chips Act).

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A $5B semiconductor wafer plant doesn’t provide much idea of the physical scale GlobalWafers is planning. So thankfully, the firm shared an outline of its plans to investors back in June. The $5B is apparently enough to build; a 3.2 million sq ft state-of-the-art 300mm silicon wafer factory in Sherman, Texas. That compares very well against GlobalWafers' existing Missouri plant which is a relatively modest 744,000 sq ft and produced a mix of 200 and 300mm wafers.  The new Texas facility is also expected to churn out 1.2 million wafers per month when completed, and provide employment for a staff of 1,500.

Other Semiconductor Industry Developments in the US

TSMC completed construction of its Fab21 in Phoenix, Arizona in June, and the last we heard was readying the facility to move in the precision equipment vital to its business. It will have a manufacturing capacity of about 100,000 wafers per month.

Micron broke ground on its $15B Idaho memory chip plant on Monday. Eventually it expects the new fab to account for 40% of its global output.

Intel also began construction of a new chipmaking facility in the US within recent days. The first of two fabs in Ohio will cost Intel about $20B, and is expected to come online in 2025.

A week or two prior to this flurry of activity, we wrote a feature overview of the US Semiconductor Renaissance, which covers some information about the above, as well as further information about Intel (New Mexico), Samsung, Texas Instruments, and GlobalFoundries.

Mark Tyson
Freelance News Writer

Mark Tyson is a Freelance News Writer at Tom's Hardware US. He enjoys covering the full breadth of PC tech; from business and semiconductor design to products approaching the edge of reason.

  • gg83
    I hope the Texas grid can handle all these new tech buildings. They should come to New York, we have an excellent electrical grid and it's not too expensive.
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  • brandonjclark
    gg83 said:
    I hope the Texas grid can handle all these new tech buildings. They should come to New York, we have an excellent electrical grid and it's not too expensive.

    Ugh, New York is experiencing a crime wave due to bad policies. Only Texas could provide a business-friendly environment for this to happen. And if you are doubting me, just look at all of the companies moving there!
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  • daworstplaya
    gg83 said:
    I hope the Texas grid can handle all these new tech buildings. They should come to New York, we have an excellent electrical grid and it's not too expensive.

    It they shut off all the Cryptomining farms there. they might be able to. ;)
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  • 2+2
    All these announcements of new fabs
    being built outside of Asia.

    Globalists are afraid of China taking Taiwan.

    Too bad it is going to take 5 years to build them
    and China will make their move before then.
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  • peachpuff
    gg83 said:
    I hope the Texas grid can handle all these new tech buildings.
    They can handle it... until it snows ❄
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  • jkflipflop98
    2+2 said:
    All these announcements of new fabs
    being built outside of Asia.

    Globalists are afraid of China taking Taiwan.

    Too bad it is going to take 5 years to build them
    and China will make their move before then.

    Oh please. People like to pretend the world will collapse without TSMC. They aren't that far in the lead. It's not like they have some alien-level technology unknown to the rest of the industry.

    Consider this, Intel had to basically stand still for 12 years for TSMC to finally catch up in technology. Now they're back on the gas.
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  • 2+2
    jkflipflop98 said:
    Oh please. People like to pretend the world will collapse without TSMC. They aren't that far in the lead. It's not like they have some alien-level technology unknown to the rest of the industry.

    Consider this, Intel had to basically stand still for 12 years for TSMC to finally catch up in technology. Now they're back on the gas.
    Oh please,
    People like to pretend China doesn't want to rule the world.
    People like to pretend China won't take Taiwan.
    People like to pretend China won't stab the nations/companies
    that built them in the back.
    People like to pretend China needs the West for customers.
    People like to pretend China won't do something that hurts their economy,
    if it hurts the West more and puts them on top in the end.
    People like to believe China isn't changing alliances, RUSSIA.

    People like to believe Taiwan is not of utmost importance to the West.
    Maybe you don't care if Apple, AMD, Nvidia can't sell stuff.
    Maybe you don't care if America's stock market collapses.
    Sorry your advanced "alien-level" technology comment does not make an argument. Whereas billions being spent on fabs outside of Asia,
    PROVES MY POINT.
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  • jkflipflop98
    Don't do drugs, kids.
    Reply
  • Mandark
    It’s OK that it’s going to take some time we know that there’s no magic in building a fab. Still it is a good idea. You can’t have all of your eggs in one basket and survive when bad things happen.
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