AMD holds grand opening for new 300mm fab
DRESDEN AMD today marked the opening of its new Fab 36 facility, a semiconductor fab located in Dresden, Germany directly adjacent to its Fab 30 plant. The event included speeches from AMD CEO Hector Ruiz and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, both of whom touted the cooperation between the local and federal German governments and AMD. Fab 36 represents a $2.5 billion investment in the Dresden area, and that investment is complemented by government incentives whose value totals roughly $500 million.
Fab 36 is close to beginning volume production of microprocessors on 300mm wafers using AMD's 90nm process, with shipments of products for revenue expected to begin in the first quarter of 2006. The fab will then make a gradual transition to a new 65nm process over the course of the next year. Because 300mm wafers offer significantly more surface area than the 200mm wafers manufactured at Fab 30, Fab 36 will more than double AMD's total production capacity once it's running at full speed.