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Dr. Craig Barrett, Intel Chairman of the Board, breaks ground with Chinese government officials on Fab 68 in Dalian, China.  (Source: Intel)
Intel's first 300mm wafer fabrication plant being built in Dalian, China

Intel announced Friday that it broke ground on its first 300mm wafer fabrication facility in Asia dubbed simply Fab 68. Intel says Fab 68 will help extend their global manufacturing leadership and help to cultivate local engineering talent.

Intel’s Fab 68 will be located in Dalian, China and is slated to come online in 2010 with construction to begin immediately. The fabrication facility will have 163,000 square meters (about 1,754,517 square feet) of factory space as well as a 15,000 square meter (161,458 square foot) clean room.

Fab 68 is also being built to minimize its impact on the environment as well. Intel says Fab 68 will meet its high standards for water, energy and chemical waste management. As part of the local Dalian talent development process Intel is working with the Dalian University of Technology and the Dalian Municipal Government to establish the Semiconductor Technology Institute with the goal of fostering world-class talent for the IT industry in China and abroad. Part of the plan includes the donation of a 200mm wafer process line to the newly established Semiconductor Technology Institute for training purposes.

Intel says its new Fab 68 will require a total investment of close to $4 billion dollars with $2.5 billion for the fabrication facility alone.

"The scope and scale of our global manufacturing network gives Intel the ability to provide customers with leading-edge, energy-efficient products in high volume," said Craig Barrett, Chairman, Intel Corporation. "Fab 68 will have world-class infrastructure and be an integral part of our global manufacturing network while bringing us closer to our customers and partners in China."

Intel also has plans to retool its Fab 11x in Rio Rancho, New Mexico for 300mm wafer production. Intel will begin their 300mm fabrication for the 45nm wafers in Oregon. Intel is also in the process of building two other 300mm fab facilities in Chandler, Arizona and Kiryat Gat, Israel both scheduled for production in 2008.

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Yap another proof of industry leader!
By slickr on 9/10/2007 7:54:54 PM , Rating: 2
Intel has all the money it requires to start building 3 fabrication plants in a year!

That's what 16 years of being market leader does. They have gathered tons of money is the past 15 years. Mostly in the P3 to P4 era, when AMD was still weak and this last year when it dusted the competition(AMD).

RE: Yap another proof of industry leader!
By saiga6360 on 9/10/2007 8:13:05 PM , Rating: 5
Just how thick are those kneepads Captain Obvious?

By Anosh on 9/11/2007 5:57:31 AM , Rating: 2
Hahahaha!! I dunno why that is so funny but I couldn't stop laughing...

Just one thing
By Chaotic42 on 9/10/2007 6:59:36 PM , Rating: 5
Be sure to keep a carrier off the coast and hold on to all of the spawn points.

RE: Just one thing
By Omega215D on 9/10/2007 10:55:48 PM , Rating: 3
Position cleared and under control, out.

Copy Copy Copy Copy
By cheetah2k on 9/11/2007 5:49:50 AM , Rating: 5
You know, I always worry about the Chinese stealing / replicating anything inovative. A good example is the high speed train from Shanghai centre to the airport. The Germans built the system, and provided the Chinese with 2 high speed trains, with the option to deliver 2 more. The Chinese then replicated these part by part, and made their own...

Of course there is also the knock-off watches, hand bags, clothes, drugs, etc... the list goes on... I see it every day working in Hong Kong and Macau, and my frequent trips to Beijing and Southern China..

I wonder how long it will take before we have CHiNTEL CPU's in the market..... QUAD CHiNTEL... Core 2 ChUO's

RE: Copy Copy Copy Copy
By Master Kenobi on 9/11/2007 7:13:08 AM , Rating: 2
I would imagine not too long. Chinese can't invent anything, but they can copy anything. Kind of like cheating on tests, you copy the kid you know does the best, and the teacher this time doesn't care.

By Polynikes on 9/10/2007 6:44:27 PM , Rating: 2
Intel says its new Fab 68 will require a total investment of close to $4 billion dollars with $2.5 billion for the fabrication facility alone.

Damn, that's an expensive building. :P

RE: Wow
By g3RC4n on 9/10/2007 7:14:58 PM , Rating: 2
yeah, fabrication facility's have to be running 24/7 to make them profitable, people work in them day and night

RE: Wow
By KristopherKubicki on 9/10/2007 7:46:44 PM , Rating: 2
A "cheap" fab today easily runs into multiple billions of dollars. S-LCD (Sony + Samsung LCD) ran 3 billion just for the substrate facility.

From an economic perspective
By Pandamonium on 9/10/2007 11:51:47 PM , Rating: 1
This is the first good news I've seen regarding a company expanding operations. It's too bad the plant won't be domestic.

The general news trend I've observed is: "US company slashes domestic workforce." This is the first major "US company expands offshore workforce" headline I've seen in a while. When you consider the recent data regarding stalled US job growth, it gets worrisome.

RE: From an economic perspective
By bryanW1995 on 9/11/2007 12:07:26 AM , Rating: 5
um, yeah, except that they're also building a new plant in az. and spending a ton to change the nm plant to 300mm. and switching oregon over to 45nm. at least they're not paying an extra $25 per hour for their workforce.

By DeepBlue1975 on 9/11/2007 9:46:54 AM , Rating: 2
This supports my overall feeling that big companies are more and more breaking their nationality barriers and becoming truly global, multinational companies with cultures of their own which are the result of multicultural blending.

That has great things going on for it, and some not that great things, too. But anyway it's an interesting process that leads me to think that the future working scenario, not so many years from now, could be so much different from what it is now.

I don't know chip fabrication
By zsouthboy on 9/11/2007 12:05:51 PM , Rating: 2

Why settle at 300 mm wafer size when building a new plant?

I realize the 300 mm point isn't arbitrary, but I don't know enough about fabrication to know why.

What I mean is: in the future, will there be a push for fabs to move to say 400 mm wafer size?

I guess this settles it
By nerdtalker on 9/10/07, Rating: -1
RE: I guess this settles it
By surt on 9/10/2007 8:55:48 PM , Rating: 3

300 mm = 11.81 inches. Smaller, but not a lot smaller.

RE: I guess this settles it
By FS on 9/10/2007 8:58:33 PM , Rating: 2
300 mm = 11.81 inches . Smaller, but not a lot smaller.

damn, that's huge

RE: I guess this settles it
By TomZ on 9/10/2007 9:11:08 PM , Rating: 2
It all depends on what you're comparing it to!

RE: I guess this settles it
By FS on 9/10/2007 9:37:20 PM , Rating: 3
I was comparing it to 8 inches :)

RE: I guess this settles it
By daftrok on 9/11/2007 12:06:23 AM , Rating: 3
No dude you have the ruler backwards thats 8 centimeters...BURN!

RE: I guess this settles it
By mikeyD95125 on 9/11/2007 1:01:01 AM , Rating: 2
This thread is hilarious. To bad OP got his math wrong :P

RE: I guess this settles it
By Samus on 9/11/2007 12:23:27 AM , Rating: 2
I hope thats overall, and not just one big room. wow. that's ridiculous. just...super insane.

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