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TI buys Micron’s Utah fab for $900m

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By Nick Flaherty

Texas Instruments has signed an agreement to acquire Micron Technology’s 300mm semiconductor fab in Lehi, Utah, for $900m as its fourth fab.

“This investment continues to strengthen our competitive advantage in manufacturing and technology and is part of our long-term capacity planning,” said Rich Templeton, TI’s chairman, president and CEO.

The Lehi fab will be TI’s fourth 300mm fab, joining DMOS6, RFAB1 and soon-to-be-completed RFAB2 in TI’s wafer fab manufacturing operations. In addition to its value as a 300mm fab, the acquisition is a strategic move, as Lehi will start with 65nm and 45nm production for TI’s analog and embedded processing products and be able to go beyond those nodes as required.

“The Lehi fab is a great asset and a great team. We are excited about the engineering experience and technical skills the team brings in ramping and manufacturing advanced semiconductor processes,” said Kyle Flessner, TI’s senior vice president of technology and manufacturing. 

The companies plan to complete the sale by the end of 2021. Related underutilization costs of about $75 million per quarter are expected in 2022. First revenue is expected in early 2023.

The fab was a originally a joint venture with Intel for specialist memory called the Intel Micron Flash Technologies (IMFT) joint v, and Micron bought out its partner in October 2019.

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