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In January, DailyTech reported on Intel's Q4 results. During a conference call that we were a part of, Intel's President Paul Otellini repeatedly stated his commitment to the 32nm development process.

Today, DailyTech has learned that Intel's P1268 32nm development process is proceeding much faster than expected. Intel is therefore announcing an accelerated product ramp, and will be introducing Westmere-based mobile and desktop processors in the fourth quarter of 2009, with volume possible in time for the Christmas shopping season.

Intel is spending $7 billion over the next two years on equipment for 32nm. For all of 2009, Intel plans to spend $5.4 billion on Research and Development across all product lines.

Fab D1D, Intel's 300mm development fab in Hillsboro, Oregon, will be the prototype line, just like for the 45nm process. Over the next six months, this unique factory will turn the 32nm process from the research phase into the production phase. It will be in Hillsboro that Intel will adjust the production line to meet its yield and cost requirements. Once the process has been refined enough, Intel can use the lessons learned to convert other fabs to the 32nm process.

D1D is already outfitted with 32nm equipment, and yields so far are good. D1C and AFO (Aloha Factory Operations), also in Oregon, will ramp up in the fourth quarter of this year.

Intel's "Megafab", Fab 32 in Chandler, Arizona, will start 32nm production in early 2010, followed by Fab 11X in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

Fab32 was Intel's first high volume 45nm microprocessor Fab. They spent $3 billion on a brand new building and the latest equipment to produce 45nm chips with hafnium-based high-k metal gate transistors, all on a 300mm wafer line. It first opened in 2007, with 184,000 square feet of clean room space. The completed Fab 32 structure measures 1 million square feet.

DailyTech will be presenting details of Intel's 32nm product roadmap later today.

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