IBM News: IBM Bets 2.9 Billion on Linux for Semiconductor Manufacture
Jun 27, 2003, 16:00 (29 Talkback[s])
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"An information technology company really believes in their
technology when they use it themselves, in mission-critical
applications. So when IBM invested 2.9 Billion in the worlds most
advanced semiconductor manufacturing facility, it's telling that
they automated the facility using Linux. We talked to Perry
Hartswick, IBM Manager of 300mm Systems to find out more about how
Linux was chosen, and the role it plays in the manufacturing
process. Here's what he had to say.
"Perry, first of all, I was wondering if you could tell
us about the 300-millimeter fabrication facility. What is it and
what does it do?
"The new facility is a 300-millimeter (12 inch) semiconductor
fabrication facility located in East Fishkill, New York.
Itâ€™s a 140,000-square-foot state of the art
facility, the most advanced semiconductor manufacturing facility in
the world, and it's IBMâ€™s first entry into
fully automated semiconductor manufacturing. It represents a
$2.9-billion investment by IBM, which is the largest single
investment in IBMâ€™s history, and the largest
private investment in New York State's history as well..."