AMD's Fab 30 in Dresden Named "Fab of the Year"
--Semiconductor International award recognizes achievements of AMD's newest microprocessor manufacturing facility--
DRESDEN, GERMANY --
AMD's Fab 30 in Dresden, Germany has been named "Fab of the Year" by the prestigious industry publication Semiconductor International. It is the tenth time that the magazine has bestowed this award, and it is the third time that an AMD facility claimed the title.
"What most impressed us about AMD's Fab 30 is that it is the first facility in the world specifically designed to produce chips with copper interconnects, which requires new approaches to chemical, waste water, clean room and automation system design," said Peter Singer, editor-in-chief of Semiconductor International.
In choosing the recipient of the award, Semiconductor International took into consideration overall manufacturing excellence as well as the speed with which new processes were ramped and new process technologies were adopted. The magazine also made special mention of the extensive environmental programs that AMD has put into place at Fab 30.
"We are very pleased to receive this distinction from Semiconductor International," said Hans Deppe, vice president and general manager of AMD Saxony Manufacturing GmbH. "Our facility has indeed very quickly become the leading copper fab worldwide. This success was possible because of the efforts of a highly dedicated and motivated AMD team in Dresden, continuing support from AMD in Sunnyvale, California and Austin, Texas, as well as the good and close cooperation with our technology alliance partner Motorola. Of course, we are not content with our achievements to date. We are already preparing the fab for new technologies and processes such as the 0.13 micron and SOI technologies. It is our goal that Fab 30 continues to be one of the leading semiconductor fabs for years to come."
AMD began revenue shipments from Fab 30 in June 2000. Since then, several million AMD Athlon™ microprocessors have been shipped from Dresden. Currently, the fastest and highest performance AMD processors are manufactured at Fab 30. AMD Saxony represents one of the largest U.S. projects in Germany, with total investment approaching $2.3 billion by 2003. AMD currently employs more than 1,500 people in Dresden.