Texas Instruments is investing in Japan, saying that it will buy two wafer fabs and manufacturing equipment in the Aizu-Wakamatsu region. The acquisition is court approved and will see the takeover of fabs currently owned and operated by Spansion Japan Limited.
It’s blagged itself a 200mm wafer fab that is currently in operation and, says TI, capable of expansion. It brings in analog revenue of over $1 billion a year. The second fab isn’t currently operational but is of equal size and can handle 200mm or 300mm production. It plans to leave this one a ghost town until it’s ready to expand further, however it will take over the operation of the first.
Also included in the deal are a bunch of 300mm production tools which will mostly be shipped over to Richardson, Texas to help complete the second phase of TI’s RFAB, its 300mm analog wafer fab. It boasts that when phase two is over and done with, the plant will be able to support $2 billion in revenue each year.
Excess kit which won’t be shipped out to Texas will be sold elsewhere, says TI.
The move is the latest in TI’s efforts to expand its analog manufacturing globally over the last two years. It believes that its efforts will add a capacity of over $3.5 billion additional analog revenue per year when everything’s up and running.