“It’s unclear what Apple will use the facility for, but marketing material from the listing agent, ATREG, says: ‘Well suited for prototype, pilot, and low-volume manufacturing, this facility is capable of producing a wide array of products at multiple technology nodes ranging from 600nm to 90nm, with the bulk of production from 350nm to 180nm,'” Donato-Weinstein reports. “The facility also ‘offers a complete tool line consisting of 197 well-maintained front-end tools from such OEMs as AMAT, Hitachi, Novellus, LAM, TEL, KLA, and ASML,’ the marketing material states.”
“Experts said on Monday that the pickup probably does not signal a big push into production chip manufacturing for Apple, but does suggest the company needs more ‘heavy R&D’ space as it continues to expand into new products and markets,” Donato-Weinstein reports. “‘It’s pretty small for a fab,’ said Dean Freeman, research VP at Gartner, where he leads the Internet of Things Center of Excellence. ‘The only thing I can think that they would be doing is potentially be saying, ‘OK, we need to do some prototyping in some way or form.’ Or they want a clean-room space to do some tweaky development. This isn’t big enough to do anything (production-wise).'”
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MacDailyNews Take: Wonder if their new next-door neighbor Samsung will throw Apple a housewarming party (in order to plant some bugs)?