12.21.17 / Economic Impact

Building the Brains behind Samsung

By John Taylor
facility SAS manufacturing building semiconductor
Samsung Austin Semiconductor, where I’ve worked for the past 20 years, has grown to be Samsung’s largest facility in the U.S, both in physical size and workforce. To date, Samsung’s semiconductor business is a $17 billion investment, and one of the most significant foreign direct investments in the country.

And while it may be our largest U.S. facility, with the plant size at 2.45 million total square feet, it’s actually where we produce some of our smallest and most precise technology. Building application processors is an exact science, crucial to the rest of our business at Samsung as these products are the brains behind any given tablet or handset that the average consumer uses.

At SAS, we’re always asking the question ‘why.’ Why shouldn’t your phone’s battery life be longer? Why can’t it run faster? Why shouldn’t your car be able to talk to the road?

SAS is the place where the technical meets with the creative, and where Samsung is coming up with our very best product solutions. And it’s this American ingenuity and disruptive attitude — never assuming that the current way is the best way — that has made the innovations developed here at SAS so critical to Samsung’s global semiconductor business.

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We take pride in knowing that semiconductors will help shape the world around us. They’re powering the Internet of Things in a truly tangible way, enabling autonomous vehicles as well as the sensors in the roads and bridges they drive on. Even now, the data being collected and efficiencies enabled by semiconductors are improving our outlook for traffic congestion, pollution control and energy consumption.

So while we may be making the brains behind Samsung’s products that enhance your daily life, we’re also getting to the heart of some of our greatest challenges today.

About the Contributor: John Taylor is vice president of Manufacturing & Systems Technology for Samsung Austin Semiconductor

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