Sacramento, California–NEC Electronics and its parent, NEC Corp., are moving ahead with plans first announced in June 1998 to invest $1.4 billion to build a 300mm fab adjacent to the existing NEC Electronics plant in Roseville, CA. The new line is now expected to begin operation in 2003, rather than the original target of 2002.
The manufacturing facility will be equipped for 300mm wafers and will use 0.13-micron processing technology. Known as the G-Line, the new plant will be two stories and measure approximately 600,000 square feet, with a footprint of 430,000 square feet. This will bring NEC’s total operational plant to about 1.3 million square feet of floor space.
NEC’s initial investment in Roseville in 1982 was the first major semiconductor investment by a Japanese parent company in the U.S.