AMD, Infineon and DuPont lay the foundation stone for Maskenzentrum

AMD, Infineon and DuPont lay the foundation stone for Maskenzentrum

The construction work for the Advanced Mask Technology Center (AMTC) in Dresden began with the laying of the foundation stone. The AMTC is a joint venture in which AMD, Infineon and DuPont Photomasks have an equal share.

With the establishment of the AMTC, the three partners are building a world-leading center for the development and pilot production of future lithographic masks on. These masks are essential for the manufacture of the next generation of semiconductors and should initially support 90 nanometer technology and then 65 nanometer technology as well as further technologies.

The AMTC is being built near AMD's Dresden microprocessor factory Fab 30 as well as Infineon's production and development site in the Saxon capital. In parallel to the AMTC, DuPont Photomasks intends to build and operate an independent, ultra-modern plant for the volume production of lithographic masks in Dresden. This plant will be located in the same building complex as the AMTC. For both projects, it is planned that the installation of the production facilities can begin in mid-2003. The first photo masks from Dresden should be available in the same year.

The total investment in the two Dresden photo mask projects should amount to more than 500 million euros over the next five years and create around 370 jobs. The expenses for the AMTC alone amount to around 360 million euros. This should create around 170 jobs. DuPont Photomasks is planning investments of around 170 million euros for the independent Dresden plant and is expecting around 200 workplaces at full capacity.