Samsung’s $17B chip plant in Central Texas to begin operations in 2026

Editor’s Note: This story has been corrected to reflect the status of Samsung’s Taylor facility. A Samsung spokesperson confirmed to MySA that this is the same delay that was reported in 2023 and not a secondary delay.

The first fabrication facility at Samsung’s $17 billion Taylor campus is scheduled to begin operations by 2026, after a local official said that the facility would begin operations as early as next month. A spokesperson for Samsung confirmed to MySA that the company does not have a specific date for an opening event at this time.

In December 2023, reports surfaced that Samsung delayed mass production until 2025, which Samsung Foundry President Choi Siyoung addressed during a speech that same month.

Two months later, Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell told county commissioners in February that Samsung’s previously delayed project was “on time” and to his understanding would begin manufacturing and receiving occupants no later than July 1. The first phase of the project is expected to be fully operational by the first half of 2024, but the production of Samsung’s 4 and 2 nanometer chips in the first fab won’t begin until 2026.

Samsung also plans to build a second fab with production starting in 2027, according to the Austin Business Journal.

In April, Samsung received $6.4 billion in direct funding from the CHIPS and Science Act to enable the big tech company’s further expansion of chipmaking in Central Texas. According to the Department of Commerce, this investment would create “a comprehensive advanced manufacturing ecosystem” which aims to strengthen the resilience of the U.S. semiconductor supply chain in what is a crucial election year for President Biden.

MySA reached out to Judge Gravell for comment. 

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