Advanced Micro Devices Inc. this week will dedicate its new processor manufacturing plant in Dresden, Germany--its first for making chips on 300-mm wafers, the largest size in use in the semiconductor industry. The move marks a big step in the vendor's goal to ratchet up production capacity to as many as 100 million processors a year by 2008 or 2009.
"The capacity that we'll have in place gives us a lot of headroom," says Hector Ruiz, chairman, president, and CEO of AMD.
The company expects to invest a total of $2.5 billion in the plant, Ruiz says, in order to stay on the front edge of semiconductor manufacturing technology for at least the next eight years.
5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.