Apple's A5 Chip Now Made in the USA at Austin, TX Samsung Facility

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    Apple's A5 Chip Now Made in the USA at Austin, TX Samsung Facility


    Apparently, Apple's super-quick A5 chip, for the iPhone 4S and the iPad2, is no longer being manufactured overseas. It's still being built by Samsung; however, this chip is being designed in Samsung's new Austin, TX United States facility. The facility is said to be a massive 1.6 Million square foot complex; the size of nine football fields!

    Interestingly, there are several other big names with semiconductor manufacturing in the Austin area: Freescale Semiconductor is based there and other chip companies, like ARM, Intel and Advanced Micro Devices, also have facilities. Semiconductor companies find Austin attractive due to a steady stream of educated employees from the engineering school at the University of Texas at Austin. Here's a quote from the Reuters article with some more details,

    Samsung's factory is the largest foreign investment in Texas with a total investment of about $9 billion, according to Austin Chamber of Commerce.

    Austin is also home to an Apple customer call center that deals with customer complaints in North America, Apple's biggest market. The Cupertino company employs thousands in that facility, who deal with calls ranging from complaints to support.
    In fact, Austin has been unofficially nicknamed "Silicon Hills" because it is quickly becoming a secondary tech hub for the United States, next to Silicon Valley in California.

    We are proud to share that this great city is where our offices are located too!

    Source: BGR and Reuters

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    Construction begins on Apple's new 1M-square-foot Texas campus




    Apple has started construction on a new 1-million-square-foot operations center in Austin, Texas, that will be home to 3,600 new jobs.

    Preliminary on the new 39-acre campus began in the last few weeks, according to Wired. The new facility will be an expansion of Apple's existing operations center in Austin, which employs about 3,500.

    Over the next decade, Apple plans to add another 3,600 jobs to Austin, making it by far the single largest job creation from one project in Austin history. In return, Apple will receive more than $30 million in tax breaks.

    Phase one of the project calls for a 200,000-square-foot facility in two buildings that will cost $56 million and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015. The second phase will include another 800,000 square feet in a number of buildings that will be finished by the end of 2021.

    Apple will spend a total of $304 million on the Austin campus expansion. The project almost fell through in April when the iPhone maker ran into hiccups with local authorities in Travis County, but eventually the deal was finalized after Apple committed to an average salary of $35,000 for the bottom 10 percent of workers at the facility, and a minimum of $11-per-hour pay for contractors.

    An analysis by Travis County has projected that Apple's new "Americas Operations Center" will generate $15 million in benefits for the county over the 15-year term of the contract.

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    Photos show Apple's new $304M Austin campus now under construction

    With work underway at Apple's new multi-million dollar expansion in Austin, Tex., AppleInsider offers a first look at the ongoing construction.









    Reader Benjamin sent along pictures showing the progress that has been made at the site of Apple's future 1-million-square-foot Texas campus. The new buildings will join Apple's existing facilities on Riata Vista Circle.

    Phase one of the project, which began in recent weeks, calls for 200,000 total square feet from two buildings. It will cost $56 million and will be completed by the end of 2015.

    Currently at the site, a frame for at least one building can be seen in place, having been built over the last few weeks.

    After phase one is finished, Apple will eventually move on to a much larger second phase that will add another 800,000 square feet in the form of a number of buildings. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021.

    In all, Apple is project dot spend $304 million on the new campus in Austin, creating 3,600 new jobs for the local community. The facilities will serve as Apple's new "Americas Operations Center.

    In return, local governments have agreed to award Apple more than $30 million in tax breaks. The terms of the deal require that Apple provide an average salary of $35,000 for the bottom 10 percent of workers, and a minimum pay of $11-per-hour for contractors.

    Travis County estimates that Apple's new Americas Operations Center in Austin will generate $15 million benefits for the county over the 15-year term of the contract.

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    New photos of Apple's Austin campus expansion show construction of second building

    One month after AppleInsider offered a first look at Apple's upcoming Austin, Tex. campus expansion, fresh photos from the construction site show a second building being erected as work continues toward an expected completion date sometime in 2015.



    The new building seen in the photos is part of phase one of the project which, when finished, will create 200,000 square feet of office space. The initial stage will cost $56 million.



    Following phase one's completion in 2015, Apple is slated to move on to phase two, a huge undertaking expected to create 800,000 square feet of new space. In all, the Austin campus expansion is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021, by which time Apple will have spent $304 million in construction costs.

    According to reports, Apple's new operations center will create some 3,600 jobs, more than doubling the company's existing workforce in Austin. In exchange for providing an average salary of $35,000 for the bottom 10 percent of workers and a minimum pay of $11-per-hour for contractors, Apple will receive $30 million in tax breaks.

    Apple's new Americas Operations Center in Austin is estimated to generate $15 million in benefits for the county over a 15-year term.


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