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Intel's D1X Development Fab (Concept Art)
Moore's Law will continue

Intel is currently preparing production of its next-generation 32nm chips, codenamed Sandy Bridge. These will be built at the company's latest and largest fabrication plants, known in the industry as "Fabs". Mass production of Sandy Bridge is ramping up at the Fab 32 "Megafab" in Chandler, Arizona, and is being followed by Fab 11X in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Fab 32 has a very large cleanroom at 320,000 square feet, but is eclipsed by Fab 11X's massive 370,000 sq. ft cleanroom.

Although the world' largest semiconductor company currently has the manufacturing lead, it is not sitting still. The firm showed off its first 22nm shuttle wafers at the 2009 Intel Developer Forum, and is working on its first 22nm products, codenamed “
Ivy Bridge” at its D1D research facility in Hillsboro, Oregon. Microprocessors built on the 22nm process are expected to run faster, consume less power, and cost less to produce than the current 32nm and older 45nm processes. Ivy Bridge is expected to enter mass production in late 2011 with third generation High-k Metal Gate technology.  The company also has plans for a 50-core HPC chip to be built on the process.

Intel has announced today that it will spend $6-8 billion to support these future manufacturing technology advancements in Arizona and Oregon. The investment supports the creation of 6000-8000 construction jobs and 800-1000 permanent jobs. While Intel generates approximately 75% of its revenues from sales overseas, 75% of its microprocessor manufacturing is based in the United States. 

Fab 12 and Fab 32 in Chandler will be upgraded with new equipment over the next year to handle the majority of Intel's 22nm production. Obsolete equipment will be moved out this quarter, and new tooling will be installed early next year. The D1C and D1D development fabs at Intel's Ronler Acres Campus in Hillsboro will also be upgraded to handle 22nm mass production. This is similar to Intel's 32nm mass production strategy.

Part of the investment will also go towards a brand-new development fab in Oregon to be called “D1X”. It is scheduled for R&D startup in 2013, the same year that Intel is planning to introduce its 15nm process. D1X may help introduce production on 450mm (18-inch) wafers at a later date, which are significantly larger than today's 300mm (12 inch) wafers. Larger wafer sizes are more cost-effective to produce, but are also riskier to develop.

“Intel makes approximately 10 billion transistors per second. Our factories produce the most advanced computer technology in the world and these investments will create capacity for innovation we haven’t yet imagined,” said Brian Krzanich, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s Manufacturing and Supply Chain.

“Intel and the world of technology lie at the heart of this future. Contrary to conventional wisdom, we can retain a vibrant manufacturing economy here in the United States by focusing on the industries of the future”.

The computer industry is seeing booming sales this year, with one million PCs shipping per day, according to Intel.  The company believes that it needs these upgraded fabs not only to create the capacity for the continued growth of the PC market, but also to enter new computing markets such as mobile internet devices and embedded computing.

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By phazers on 10/19/2010 6:31:51 PM , Rating: 5
But I'm glad to see that they are keeping so many highly-paid US jobs going, instead of moving overseas like so many other industries.

And AMD is also investing in the NY Luther Forest fab which should open in a couple years from now.

Compare this to Apple & Foxconn in China - not much good news there :P

By Kurz on 10/19/2010 8:12:47 PM , Rating: 5
We all should complain about the high taxes.

By Samus on 10/19/2010 11:04:55 PM , Rating: 2
I can't believe they're staying in Oregon. Don't get me wrong, it's a great state, especially to visit (Portland is beautiful and the state has no sales tax) but living and working there is rough when you account for the ~10% (bracketed) income taxes and ridiculous property tax in the urban areas.

> We all should complain about the high taxes.

lol. amen.

By milkyway4me on 10/20/2010 3:18:43 AM , Rating: 3
The one and only reason Intel is still in the states is because of tax breaks they've arranged with the cities and states they do operate in. Without those, it would be unprofitable to be there. Consider that 25% of production overseas a warning shot to the idiot liberal politicians who are thinking about choking them out with more taxes.

By Da W on 10/20/2010 6:48:10 AM , Rating: 5
you account for the ~10% (bracketed) income taxes

Come pay a visit to Canada. Here both federal and provincial taxes,(nationalized)health care insurance, parental insurance (yeah if we have a baby we get 1 year off the job) plus the combined 15% sales tax, i don't even have 50% of my pay check left in my pockets.

For the record, i AM looking to work elsewhere....

By Samus on 10/20/2010 11:39:22 AM , Rating: 3
Nobody said Canada was a perfect place. Some people in our government unfortunately think so. Hell, some of our CITIZENS think so. They keep referring to your broken health care system that haven't let your economy budge in 30 years.

But my point was Oregon (in comparison to other states such as Florida which has no income tax and below-average sales tax) has incredibly high taxes. However, both states have somewhat poor economies, but who doesn't these days. Florida's is mostly due to low tourism, whereas Oregon, specifically Portland and Eugene, haven't had "good" economies since the 70's.

By zixin on 10/20/2010 12:50:10 PM , Rating: 2
But comparing to California, which has a 10% sales tax plus income tax, Oregon is a paradise.

By JakLee on 10/20/2010 1:37:52 PM , Rating: 2
And OR vs FL - well OR doesn't have big hurricanes.... insurance costs, not to mention the potential for loss of production capacity in the event of a major storm- yeah OR has the advantage there.

By BSMonitor on 10/20/2010 3:20:45 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, but OR has volcanoes, earthquakes... etc..

By Captain Orgazmo on 10/27/2010 6:48:29 PM , Rating: 2
Canada has considerably lower corporate income tax than the US, which helps to prevent many large businesses from leaving, however the much higher personal income tax rates provoked a "brain drain" of highly skilled and educated workers to head south.

As a Canadian, I have wished for years for a job opportunity in the US. Unfortunately Obama came along, and turned a trend of almost 100 years of increasingly poor economic policy decisions into a landslide of idiocy, making Canada look like a free market utopia in the process.

By milkyway4me on 10/20/2010 3:16:52 AM , Rating: 2
How's that koolaid taste? It's not eating your insides too quickly is it? That's good. Wouldn't want you to find out we're trying to kill you.

By epobirs on 10/20/2010 5:32:05 AM , Rating: 4
You can give the government more of your money any time you like. Just cut a check.

The rest of us will make our own spending decisions.

By cruisin3style on 10/20/2010 2:56:10 PM , Rating: 3
We need to do a lot of things. Increased taxes isn't one of them, especially now.

Highest on the list (in no particular order) are cutting spending on the medi- programs as soon as possible, both cutting defense spending and ending the wars gradually, and also gradually increasing social security eligibility age.

Might I also suggest voting Republican next month for a majority in congress as a check on Obama?

By bupkus on 10/20/2010 12:46:10 PM , Rating: 2
Is there ever a time or place we shouldn't?

By melgross on 10/19/2010 11:46:34 PM , Rating: 2
If it were only that simple. Chips are highly automated. Other production isn't. If the American consumer were more willing to pay what it would cost to buy a computer built here, then they would be.

By Phynaz on 10/20/2010 7:49:43 AM , Rating: 2
And AMD is also investing in the NY Luther Forest fab which should open in a couple years from now.

AMD doesn't have any manufacturing facilities.

By EricMartello on 10/20/2010 8:39:29 AM , Rating: 2
And AMD is also investing in the NY Luther Forest fab which should open in a couple years from now.

AMD doesn't have any manufacturing facilities.

Which is probably why they invest in 3rd party facilities rather than building their own facilities.

By Phynaz on 10/20/2010 10:24:49 AM , Rating: 3
Ummm...No. They are trying divest their current ownership of Global Foundries.

By EricMartello on 10/21/2010 5:44:48 AM , Rating: 2
Ummm...go back to sucking your mom's cock. If we were talking about their financial strategy maybe your comment would have some relevance...but we're not. AMD does not own Global Foundries any more...and if they do maintain any stake in the company it's not >50%.

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