Computer Chip Company Micron Plans Design Center in Atlanta | Georgia News
ATLANTA (AP) – A microchip maker will open a design center in Atlanta next month that it says will create 500 jobs.
Idaho-based Micron Technology made the announcement on Monday, saying it wanted its memory chip design center located near Georgia Tech and other colleges in the Atlanta area. This will be the first operation in Georgia for Micron, which is the fourth largest semiconductor company in the world.
The location will help Micron partner with universities and expand its talent pool, said Scott DeBoer, executive vice president of technology and products at Micron.
“Atlanta is an emerging hub for high-tech innovation, and our Atlanta Design Center will be one of Micron’s premier memory design and engineering sites,” DeBoer said in a statement.
Micron’s plan follows other recent expansion announcements in Georgia by Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Airbnb and Korean chip company SK. Much of the activity is centered in the Midtown area of Atlanta, near Georgia Tech.
“As one of the country’s leading research universities, with unique strengths that lie at the heart of the semiconductor industry, we look forward to collaborating and developing our talent and research partnership with Micron.” Georgia Tech President Ángel Cabrera said in a statement.
Micron said he also aims to link up with Emory University, Morehouse College, Spelman College and the University of Georgia.
The expansion will include office space, a data center, and research and development operations, with Micron hiring computer chip researchers, computer hardware researchers, and electrical and electronic engineers. The company did not give a monetary value for its investment or indicate how much the workers would earn.
Governor Brian Kemp and other state officials have welcomed Micron’s arrival as part of an effort to alleviate supply chain barriers. It is not known what incentives Micron might receive from state and local governments.
Micron has offices in five other states and 17 countries.
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