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Costing $3.5 billion, the new fab is set to open in 2010

Earlier this month, DailyTech brought you details about AMD's plans to open a fabrication facility in the state of New York. Although details at the time was sketchy and most of the information was unconfirmed, AMD's chairman Hector Ruiz this week announced that AMD will indeed be opening a facility in New York's Luther Forest Technology Park in Saratoga County.

AMD is expected to be spending upwards of $3.5 billion by the time the plant is finished. The plant is going to be home to more than 1000 employees and AMD says it should be completed sometime in 2010. In previous reports circulating online, it was indicated that New York state had been busy putting together an incentive package for AMD worth somewhere around the $1 billion mark. For New York state, having AMD build a new facility will introduce a big boost for the economy -- new jobs are created and the state gets more taxes. AMD is investing a lot into expansion recently, as the company also announced plans to spend roughly $2.5 billion to increase capacity at its Fab 30 facility in Dresden, Germany.

On the other side of the fence, Intel is making an effort to expand as well. Being AMD's biggest competitor, Intel announced too that it would build a new facility in Europe. Spending about $2 billion, Intel will open its first 65nm facility in Europe. Called Fab 24-2, it will be a major expansion on Intel's existing Fab 24 and will bring 300mm wafer production into the production line. Intel says that Fab 24-2 will be one of its largest.

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The wisdom of spread
By crystal clear on 6/24/2006 3:19:01 PM , Rating: 2
Both Intel/AMD recognize the 2 major markets namely-the USA
Canada on this side & EU/plus other non EU countries in Europe.
They have to have production centres close to these markets.
If one may observe too much of concentration of production
faciities in Taiwan is dangerous.Taiwan is eartquake prone &
one major earthquake as we saw in the past ,will play havoc
with whole computer industry.
China/India have become a political liability- people &
politicians in the USA/EU have a strong dislike for these
countries.Just too many jobs have gone away to India/China.
So wisdom says spread your production facilities all over-
for many reasons/advantages.
You may quote 10s of reasons of advantages for locating in
India/China but people in USA/EU cannot be unemployed for
the sake of company profits.Hard hitting reprisals are the
last thing Intel/Amd want from these major markets.

RE: The wisdom of spread
By techfuzz on 6/24/2006 3:46:54 PM , Rating: 2
So wisdom says spread your production facilities all over-for many reasons/advantages.

Another major reason being a large pool of available scientists and engineers required to staff these fabs is concentrated in the US and Europe. That's not to say there isn't any in other places, but its most certainly concentrated and of a higher overall caliber in the US and Europe.

Sweet, jobs are getting outsourced to America for once! I can find work again!

It's not outsourcing when the company is based in the US, it's called insourcing :)

RE: The wisdom of spread
By Missing Ghost on 6/24/2006 6:56:07 PM , Rating: 2
I think they are based in Germany.

RE: The wisdom of spread
By glennpratt on 6/24/2006 10:09:49 PM , Rating: 2
Wow... Why guess when you have the internet? Sunnyvale, California of course. Or were you joking?

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