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AUSTIN-Two companies with large operations in the Austin area are building an advanced technology center in Germany. DuPont Photomasks Inc., based in Round Rock, and Advanced Micro Devices Inc., based in Sunnyvale, CA, are teaming up on a photomask research facility in Dresden. Infineon Technologies AG also is in on the deal.

Infineon, based in Munich, has selected DuPont as its photomask supplier. DuPont, in turn, will build a photomask production facility in Dresden that will be co-located with the research operation. AMD and Infineon have chip manufacturing operations in Dresden.

DuPont operates photomask production and research facilities in Austin. AMD operates chip-manufacturing plants in Austin. Earlier this year, AMD bypassed Central Texas as the site of a new chip plant in favor of a joint venture facility in Singapore.

Photomasks are used in the chip manufacturing process. They transfer the chip’s electrical circuit design onto silicon wafers.

DuPont plans to invest about $155 million over the next five years in the Dresden plant, which is expected to employ 200 at full production.

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