Intel's Fab 11X
Fab 11X in Rio Rancho, New Mexico will be retooled for upcoming 45nm production

Intel today announced plans to retool its Fab 11X for 45nm production. Fab 11X is located in Rio Rancho, New Mexico and is the fourth factory capable of 45nm production. Intel expects to invest between $1-billion to $1.5-billion into Fab 11X. The retooled factory will begin 45-nm production in 2H’2008, if everything goes as scheduled.

Intel’s upcoming Penryn will be the first processor to take advantage of 45nm manufacturing technologies later this year. The new 45nm manufacturing process includes a new lithography process that uses high-k dielectrics and metal gate transistors to reduce transistor leakage. Intel’s Xeon-family will receive 45nm upgrades later this year as well.

"Our new 45 nanometer process represents one of the most significant manufacturing breakthroughs in decades and we believe that putting it in our factory in New Mexico will help us deliver the best possible products for our customers," said Intel’s president and chief executive officer, Paul Otellini.

Initial 45nm products will begin production at Intel’s D1D fab in Oregon. Intel is also in the process of building two other 45nm production-capable factories in Chandler, Arizona and Kiryat Gat, Israel, which will begin production in 1H’2008.

Intel’s Fab 11X manufactures 90nm Pentium 4-family processors on 300mm wafers. The factory began producing 90nm products in October 2002. Fab 11X is also Intel’s first factory capable of producing 300mm wafers in a fully automated process.

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