Advanced Micro Devices, a major manufacturer of integrated circuits based in Sunnyvale, has announced that it will begin construction of a $186-million wafer fabrication plant near Dublin, Ireland, later this year. The move will help strengthen its foothold in the European telecommunications industry, the company said.
Advanced Micro, which has similar plants in Austin and San Antonio, Tex., as well as Sunnyvale, said it expects to employ 650 people in the next four years, and that could grow to 1,000 when the plant reaches full operation. The Irish government is helping to defray part of the cost of the expansion through development grants, AMD said.
The Dublin area was selected over several U.S. and European locations, the company said, because of its large, well-educated work force, supply of engineers and good access to transportation, energy and communications.
"One very important consideration to us was access to Common Market countries," said James B. Downey, senior vice president of operations. "AMD is strongly committed to the European market and this facility will help us to better serve our customers there, while at the same time tapping an excellent source of engineering talent."