TI to open world’s most environmentally efficient assembly/test site
Continuing its commitment to environmental stewardship and the communities where it operates, TI will expand its assembly/test operations in the Philippines with a new site that aims to be the most environmentally efficient assembly/test site in the world. At 77,000 square meters in size, the site within the Clark Freeport Zone will incorporate many of the environmental and energy design features that TI first used when constructing its Richardson fab (RFAB) semiconductor manufacturing facility.
Reducing water, energy and waste will be given priority consideration from the start of design and construction, and it will be the first ground-up facility to be LEED-registered (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) in the Philippines. The LEED Green Building Rating System is a voluntary U.S. standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings that assigns a score based on a variety of factors, including the construction materials used, water and energy efficiency, waste recycling, and indoor environmental quality.
TI will begin construction in the second half of 2007, with initial production planned for the second half of 2008. Once built, TI expects to quickly ramp up the site with the help of the experienced team in Baguio, where the company has had assembly/test operations for almost three decades.
Bing Viera, managing director of TI Philippines remarked, “As we look toward our 30-year anniversary in the Philippines in 2009, we expect this new facility to be a flagship for the company in terms of quality and output. I thank our kind hosts from the government of the Philippines for working together with TI to make this expansion possible.”
Speaking on behalf of the Philippines, President Gloria Arroyo welcomed the news that TI would grow its operations in the country.
“Today TI is the leading exporter from the Philippines and this announcement demonstrates how successful the relationship has been with TI,” said President Arroyo. “I thank Bing and his management team for considering the Clark Freeport Zone and for making the decision to expand its facilities.”
TI first entered the Philippines in 1979 in Baguio City; today it is one of TI’s most sophisticated assembly/test sites. It conducts final assembly and testing of semiconductors for customers in the computer, aerospace, telecommunications and automotive industries in the U.S., Asia and Europe. In addition to the contributions TI Philippines employees make to the company’s operations, they are a committed part of the local community, devoting money and volunteers to social organizations, cultural institutions and the educational infrastructure of the region.
Assembly and test operations are the final step in semiconductor manufacturing before chips are shipped to customers. Starting with bare silicon chips called “die,” assembly/test sites perform precise packaging operations that serve as the interface between the integrated circuit and the system it supports. Final tests are run on highly sophisticated equipment to ensure that the packaged product operates across a full range of specifications and is ready for shipment.