BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho tech company's chief executive officer said the company's new facility in Boise will allow it to expand its research and development.

Micron CEO Sanjay Mehrotra called the facility the largest semiconductor research center for memory technology in the Western Hemisphere, the Idaho Statesman reported (http://bit.ly/2whpy4h ) on Wednesday.

The facility will design memory products to help drive cars, improve cloud data-processing and perform other functions.

It is 100,000 square feet (9,290 square meters) and connects with existing research and development buildings.

Construction of the four-story, $200 million plant began in October 2015 and ended in July.

"That is very meaningful in terms of giving us greater flexibility to research and develop more memory technologies," Mehrotra said. "So we can bring them faster to high-volume production at our building sites."

The company employs 6,800 people in Boise. It is Idaho's largest publicly traded company.

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Information from: Idaho Statesman, http://www.idahostatesman.com