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The company still plans to produce prototypes of 12-inch silicon wafers, however no date has been set for production to begin.
“We have not said an exact time,” Micron Spokesman Grant Jones told the Associated Press. “We’ve just said we are extending it. It’s really going to be determined by market conditions.”
Decreases in personal computer sales as well as difficulties in developing technology necessary to make bigger wafers are reportedly the causes of the delay. Micron employs 800 people in Lehi.
The delay comes as a blow to Daw Technologies, the Salt Lake City company that had a $15 million deal to build the cleanroom at the Lehi facility. The contract was the biggest in Daw’s history. Daw officials said represents about one-quarter of its total backlog of work.
“It was kind of a windfall when we got it, and it’s unfortunate that we lost it, but it’s not devastating,” Randy Johnson, vice president of Daw, told the AP.