Original headline: SkyWater to invest $1.8 billion in New Advanced Wafer manufacturing Facility
With the significant progress of the chip Act, SkyWater, an American foundry, also announced its new expansion plan. It plans to cooperate with the Indiana state government, Purdue University and other institutions to invest $1.8 billion to build a new wafer r&d and manufacturing facility in Indiana, and will seek funding from the Chip Act.
SkyWater President and CHIEF Executive Officer Thomas Sonderman said the federal investment will help the company expand capacity more quickly to meet the needs of the strategic reshoring of semiconductor manufacturing.
The company's statement did not specifically address the plant's manufacturing plans, saying only that it will be SkyWater's most advanced next-generation facility capable of delivering highly customized innovative solutions to mass production.
SkyWater is committed to providing independent and controllable foundry services that meet the NATIONAL security standards of the United States. It operates an 8-inch wafer production line and has realized the 45-nanometer node process verification of 8-inch wafers through multi-wire electron beam direct writing. Currently, it mainly provides foundry services of 90 and 130 nanometer processes externally. Its radiation hardened 90 nm (RH90) FDSOI process has been funded by the U.S. Department of Defense.