[News] Microsoft to Build AI Data Center at Former Foxconn Planned Panel Plant Site in Wisconsin

2024-05-09 Semiconductors editor

Microsoft President Brad Smith announced the investment of USD 3.3 billion to construct an artificial intelligence data center in Wisconsin, aiming to make the state a core driver of the innovation economy. Notably, the site of the facility was originally intended for a LCD panel plant promised by Foxconn six years ago.

According to Microsoft’s press release, the AI data center in Wisconsin is expected to create 2,300 union construction opportunities by 2025 and will provide long-term employment opportunities over the next several years.

Microsoft’s press release highlights that this investment will be utilized for constructing cloud computing and artificial intelligence infrastructure, establishing the first AI co-innovation lab in the United States focused on the manufacturing industry, and promoting AI training programs with the goal of enabling over 100,000 Wisconsin residents to acquire necessary AI skills.

The press release also notes that Microsoft will collaborate with Gateway Technical College to establish a Data Center Academy, aiming to train more than 1,000 students within five years, equipping them to enter roles in data centers or information technology departments.

Microsoft’s new facility in Racine County, Wisconsin, was originally intended to be the site of a LCD panel plant planned by Foxconn, a subsidiary of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd. (Foxconn Group), according to a report by CNA.

In June 2018, then-chairman of Foxconn, Terry Gou, and then-US President Donald Trump attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the panel plant. Foxocnn announced an investment of USD 10 billion, and Trump described the project as the “8th wonder of the world.”

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Please note that this article cites information from Microsoft and CNA.

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