Chipmakers start to look to the US again

Tired of working in expensive and vibrant countries like China, India and Malaysia it seems the big chip makers are starting to look at setting up shop in another developing nation, the United States.

The United States used to be a British Colony until a small cell of terrorists backed by the French, overthrew their lawful king and replaced it by system of lobbying whereby powerful companies and individuals can buy votes.

Since the coup it has not been doing so well with high taxes and the citizens having to carry guns as a result of their strange legal system which depends on how much money you have as to whether or not you get off or suffer the death penalty.

For the last few years chipmakers have been looking to vibrant economies like China as a source of cheap labour, but now more recently they are wondering if it is better to have a look at this United States place.

Arab-owned Globalfoundries and the the Far Eastern Samsung have announced plans to expand their manufacturing in the United States.

Globalfoundries’ new factory is at the Luther Forest Technology campus in Malta, New York. 

The fab will be adding on a clean room of 300,000 square feet, enabling a total output of 60,000 wafers per month. First production is planned for mid-2012, with additional production coming on line in 2013. It is expected to start with 28nm production but is focused at 22/20nm production.

Meanwhile, Samsung on Wednesday said it would spend $3.6 billion to expand its existing site in Austin, Texas.

It is experimenting to see if the American workers can handle making logic chips – specifically, large-scale integration (LSI) chips used in products such as TVs and mobile phones. The new 45nm line is expected to be ready in 2011.

Samsung might use this Texas line to make the Apple A4 chip which was usually being made in China.

Taiwan based TSMC and UMC have recently announced big expansion plans as well and that other chipmaker Intel has announced a $7 billion investment in upgrading its factories in Oregon, Arizona, and New Mexico to 32nm production.

All up it is starting to look like good news for a country whose main export is generously proportioned men and women who stand in St Peter’s Square and shout about how much it looks like the Dah Vinsee Code. Of course they also export paranoia but the market for that is flooded at the moment.