Heading a flood of chip capacity announcements, Hitachi Ltd plans to invest a total of $400m this year and next to construct a 0.5-micron CMOS process line at its Hitachi Semiconductor (America) Inc, Irving, Texas-based semiconductor manufacturing facility. The new line, which will also have 0.35-micron process capability, will produce Hitachi’s 32-bit SuperH RISC engine. Start-up is planned for April 1997, with full production of 2m chips a month reached in 1998, when plant employment will increase by 200.
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