Lam Research to Expand R&D Operations in Oregon
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Sep 28, 2023

Lam is expanding its R&D operations in Tualatin, OR that help develop the technology chipmakers’ need for their most critical applications.

Why it’s important: Our labs play a key role in the creation of new technologies needed in a time of rising semiconductor manufacturing complexity. Lam’s advanced labs enable faster and closer engagement with customers and accelerated development of solutions across the full range of chipmaking processes offered by Lam.

Digging deeper: Earlier this year, Oregon passed legislation that earmarked $240 million in grants and loans to boost jobs and economic impact from semiconductor activity in the state.

  • Given the investment to expand our R&D operations in the state, Lam Research will benefit from a grant by the State of Oregon CHIPS Fund.

Zooming in: Lam is Oregon’s largest semiconductor equipment company, with a strong presence in the state for more than 20 years. The expansion of our operations in Oregon enables us to capitalize on the rich semiconductor talent in Oregon, which is one of the leading hubs for chipmaking and technology innovation in the United States!

Zooming out: This facility joins our portfolio of R&D operations, which includes labs across three continents. Together, these labs create a comprehensive approach to innovating the equipment and processes used to produce the world’s most advanced devices.

What people are saying:

  • "We are proud to announce the expansion of Lam Research’s leading-edge labs in Tualatin, Oregon, which will benefit from an investment by the State of Oregon CHIPS Fund,” said Sesha Varadarajan, senior vice president, Global Products Group. “As Oregon’s largest semiconductor equipment manufacturing company, our operations in Oregon enable Lam to capitalize on the rich semiconductor talent in the United States and have played a vital role in supporting the local community in Washington County for more than 20 years. Through our network of world-class labs around the world, Lam uses plasma physics, materials science, advanced robotics, and artificial intelligence to create semiconductor manufacturing equipment that enables chips to be smaller, faster, and more powerful. Continued advancement of semiconductor tools and equipment is critical to fueling the growth of generative AI, 5G and a more connected world. We thank Governor Tina Kotek and the Oregon legislature for their continued partnership, vision, and commitment to fostering the growth of the thriving semiconductor ecosystem in Oregon through the Oregon CHIPS Fund."

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