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Full 65nm production in China with 45nm to come later

According to a report at CNET, Intel is in the process of launching a new fabrication facility in China. The new facility will focus on producing multi-core processors at the 65nm level. Inside sources were unable to give exact details on date and costs of the facility, but considering previous facility projects, the new plant is estimated to cost Intel roughly $2.5 billion to $3.5 billion USD. Just several years ago, a full plant would cost Intel nearly $5 billion.

Intel already has an established presence throughout China, making the new 65nm plant its third major operation in the country. Shanghai and Chengdu are two locations where Intel branches staff roughly 6,000 employees. CNET's sources indicated, however, that Intel would be making its China operation independent, thanks to the enormous market potential of China that is just second behind the U.S.

DailyTech previously reported that Intel was working on expanding its capacities in Vietnam, another hot region for tech companies. Although Intel's new plant investment will not be manufacturing actual processors, it would be contributing to such things as assembly and product testing.

While 65nm production levels out the mainstream, Intel announced near the end of 2006 that it will be introducing 45nm products sometime in the second half of 2007. The company announced not just one, but two fabrication facilities, capable of producing 45nm products.

Intel's Fab 32 in Arizona will be its first full facility in the U.S. in a long time and it will also be launching Fab 28 in Israel in 2008. Intel currently has over 15 products in development that will be manufactured at 45nm, but the company mentioned that until 2008 arrives, 65nm will be a key stage in processor and silicon development.


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By Viditor on 1/15/2007 8:57:20 PM , Rating: 1
Sigh...It's amazing to me the number of people who think AMD is sitting on their hands/coattails/laurels/whatever.

1. Intel has 10 times the money and more than double the sales of AMD with a brilliant group of engineers. Core2 should come as a surprise to NOBODY (and it certainly is no slight to AMD's abilities...)!

2. AMD has had more innovations this last year than at any point in their history...Torrenza, K10, Fusion, Dual Stress Liners, immersion lithography, and ultra-low-K interconnect dielectrics, to name but a few things...

3. Intel has 12 Fabs, but only 4 of them are even capable of 65nm equipment...the rest are far too old. AMD will have 2 cutting edge Fabs by the end of this year, with a 3rd at Charter for overflow...and remember that they sell less than half the number of chips that Intel does. Also, only 2 of those Intel Fabs have anywhere near the capacity of AMD's Fabs.

4. AMD is also building a new Fab in New York for 45/32nm...


RE: .
By Regs on 1/15/2007 9:42:26 PM , Rating: 4
Can you enlighten me with some examples of a k10 or a torrenza machine? Maybe a demonstration?

They are great ideas on paper but with out seeing how well they perform, how much they are priced, or how easy they are to scale or upgrade, or even what month they plan to hard launch the product we are still left with the aging K8.

The rest of what you state are innovations in production, which is a good sign of growth for AMD. Though how are we too know how much this translates into successful yields and future capabilities of AMDs technology? They have yet to show any product that proves otherwise.


I'm not stating facts but only concerns. If you can help alleviate my concerns I would be greatful.


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By Viditor on 1/15/2007 11:31:58 PM , Rating: 1
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Can you enlighten me with some examples of a k10 or a torrenza machine?


K10, obviously not...and I agree that it's always better to be skeptical.
But Torrenza, sure!
http://www.drccomputer.com/
http://www.xtremedatainc.com/xd1000_brief.html
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/202...

quote:
If you can help alleviate my concerns I would be greatful


Glad to be of help...


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