Late yesterday, Intel announced the opening of its newest
300mm wafer facility in Leixlip, Ireland. The new fab is called Fab 24-2,
as the facility is essentially an expansion on the existing Fab 24 facility that was
built in 2004.
Intel reports that the facility cost about $2B USD to construct, and with 224,000 feet of clean
room space the fab is one of the largest in Intel's fleet. The facility
is also the company's first 65nm factory in Europe. Details were not
revealed on exactly how many wafers and processors per month the new fab will
Intel's Fab 12 in
Chandler, Arizona and D1C/D1D fabs in Hillsboro, Oregon already compose of the
majority of Intel's 300mm wafer production. Late last year, Intel
representatives claimed a plan was on the table for a 300mm D1E facility in
Hillsboro as well.
Intel also has plans to open another fab in Chandler, dubbed Fab 32, expected
to produce 300mm wafers
for 45nm CPUs. Fab 28
in Qiryat Gat, Israel is also expected to product 300mm
wafers for 45nm processors when it is completed in 2008. Intel also has
plans to build a massive facility in Ho Chi Minh City,
Vietnam, that will even eclipse Fab 24-2 in size.
AMD is currently considering a multi-billion dollar
facility in New York State.