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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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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 (blog) 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.

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