AMD opens automation centers

April 19, 2004 – In a pre-SEMICON Europa press briefing, AMD announced that it has opened two “automated precision manufacturing” (APM) centers in Austin, TX, and Dresden, Germany, to integrate version 3.0 of AMD’s APM technologies into Fab 36, the company’s 300mm wafer fab under construction in Dresden. AMD uses the automation technologies to reduce time-to-yield on new technology and decrease manufacturing costs.

Meanwhile, construction of the $2.4 billion Fab 36 is proceeding on schedule, with equipment move-in beginning in late 2004, first silicon in mid-2005, and commercial shipments in 1H06, added Hans Deppe, VP and GM of the site.


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