The Limerick semiconductor facility is expected to triple Analog Devices’ wafer production capacity in Europe


Analog Devices announces an investment of €630m in a new semiconductor R&D and manufacturing facility in Ireland. (Credit: brookhaven from Pixabay)

American semiconductor company Analog Devices has announced an investment of €630m in a new semiconductor research and development (R&D) and manufacturing facility in Limerick, Ireland.

The new Limerick facility is planned to support the company’s development of next-generation signal processing innovations designed to expedite the digital transformation of industrial, healthcare, automotive, and other sectors.

To be spread over an area of 45,000ft2 at the company’s European regional headquarters in the Raheen Business Park, the Limerick semiconductor facility is expected to triple Analog Devices’ wafer production capacity in Europe.

Besides, the semiconductor facility is in line with Analog Devices’ plan of doubling its internal manufacturing capacity to enhance global supply chain resiliency.

In 2022, the semiconductor company announced a separate investment of €100m in ADI Catalyst, a 100,000ft² custom-built facility for innovation and collaboration at the Limerick campus.

Analog Devices CEO and chair Vincent Roche said: “This next-generation semiconductor manufacturing facility and expanded R&D team will further extend ADI Limerick’s global influence.

“Through organic R&D and close collaboration with our customers and ecosystem partners, we are striving to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges and enable a more efficient, safer, and sustainable future.”

Analog Devices’ new investment is part of a collaboration within the European Union’s Important Projects of Common European Interest on Microelectronics and Communication Technologies (IPCEI ME/CT) initiative.

Ireland Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment Simon Coveney said: “This is a much welcome announcement from Analog Devices and a great vote of confidence in Limerick and the Mid-West.

“It’s also noteworthy that it’s the latest in a series of major job announcements outside of Dublin.”

In April 2022, Analog Devices joined Intel and Micron in a semiconductor alliance led by tech foundation MITRE Engenuity with an aim to expedite the research, development, and prototyping of semiconductors in the US.