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IBM News: IBM Bets 2.9 Billion on Linux for Semiconductor Manufacture

Jun 27, 2003, 16:00 (29 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Nicholas Donovan for this link. ]

"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. It’s a 140,000-square-foot state of the art facility, the most advanced semiconductor manufacturing facility in the world, and it's IBM’s first entry into fully automated semiconductor manufacturing. It represents a $2.9-billion investment by IBM, which is the largest single investment in IBM’s history, and the largest private investment in New York State's history as well..."

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