History

Shaping a better future through progress

A History of Excellence
When Samsung set out to find a home for its semiconductor manufacturing facility in the U.S., we knew that to build the chips that power Samsung’s mobile phones, tablets and other electronic devices, we had to find thousands of smart and hardworking people to take on this complex project. This is how Samsung ended up in Austin, Texas.
  • February 1996

    Arrival in Austin: the first fabrication plant opens one year later

  • June 2007

    Second fabrication unit opens to manage increased product demands

  • August 2017

    Expansion to provide additional space for office, production and amenity needs

Celebrating 20+ years We are one of the largest and most advanced semiconductor manufacturing facilities in the world

Proud to be "Made in Austin"

Samsung Austin Semiconductor is celebrating more than 20 years in Central Texas. Our site was mirrored after the Hwaseong semiconductor site in Korea. From a cornfield to one of the world’s best foundries, we have invested more than $17 billion and created $4 billion in economic activity for the greater Central Texas region. We’re proud that our employees and partners think of Samsung Austin Semiconductors as part of the fabric of this community. We know that our growth – and continued growth – could only happen with their support and enthusiasm. Below is a timeline of our impact in Central Texas and the semiconductor industry. We will continue to open new horizons in this digital era – where semiconductor chips smaller than a fingernail inspire the world to live better and learn better.

Arrival in Austin, plans begin for first fabrication (Fab) unit
February 1996
Completed construction on Cu (Copper) Fab on Parmer Lane in Austin, Texas
July 1997
Production begins on 64Kb DRAM memory chips
January 1998
Groundbreaking for second fabrication unit
April 2006
Completed construction on second fabrication unit, Main Fab, next door on Parmer Lane in Austin, Texas
June 2007
Production begins on NAND Flash technology
December 2007
Fab converts to 300mm copper process
August 2009
Investment of $3.6 billion in System LSI technology
June 2010
System LSI Mobile SOC production begins
June 2011
Transitioned out of flash memory production
August 2012
Beginning of 28nm (nanometer) production
June 2013
World’s first Fab to produce 14nm technology
January 2015
20th anniversary in Austin
February 2016
Samsung Austin Semiconductor becomes a foundry
July 2017
Expansion opened to provide more office, production and amenity space for our growing business
August 2017
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