By 2024, Samsung Electronics was confirmed this week to build its second facility in Texas. It will obviously focus on cutting edge lithography as it meets the needs of local customers. At the same time, the representatives of the Korean company themselves do not give any specific information on this matter.
When information about the selection of the city of Taylor as the site for the construction of a new Samsung plant in the United States was officially confirmed, the media mentioned both 5nm and 4nm process technology as candidates. In neighboring Austin, Samsung already has a facility that produces 28nm and 14nm chips for customers, so it makes sense for the new venture to focus on more advanced lithography. The construction budget of $ 17 billion implied that the production would be fairly modern.
At the same time, representatives of Samsung Electronics to the Williamson County authorities, as noted Reuters, precise information about the use of this or that lithography has not yet been reported. At least, District Judge Bill Gravell said in an interview with Reuters that Korean counterparties did not specify the characteristics of the company’s future products due to the ability of modern lithographic technologies to quickly become obsolete. The plans that have been laid down now may be subject to adjustments by the time the enterprise is put into operation.
Along the way, the judge noted that the new enterprise will not put additional pressure on Taylor’s water supply ecosystem, since Samsung itself was concerned about creating the necessary infrastructure, and will consume water from its own source. The Canadian contractor will lay a pipeline about 40 kilometers long to supply Samsung with industrial water. Agreements were also reached with electricity suppliers, which, even in the conditions of the February blackout, ensured a stable power supply to industrial consumers in Taylor’s territory.