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Intel to invest up to $8B in U.S. chip plants
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Written by Daniel   
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 18:03

From Computer World

Next-generation Intel factories will be built to produce next generation 22nm processors
Intel Tuesday announced plans to invest between $6 billion and $8 billion to upgrade multiple computer chip manufacturing plants in the U.S., and to build a new facility in Oregon.

The plan, according to the world's largest chip maker, would add between 800 and 1,000 new jobs at Intel.

"Today's announcement reflects the next tranche of the continued advancement of Moore's Law and a further commitment to invest in the future of Intel and America," Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini said today. "The most immediate impact of our multi-billion-dollar investment will be the thousands of jobs associated with building a new fab and upgrading four others, and the high-wage, high-tech manufacturing jobs that follow."

 



The investment is largely designed to prepare Intel's manufacturing facilities for Intel's upcoming move to a 22-nanometer (nm) manufacturing process.

Last month, Otellini told an audience at the annual Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco that Intel is on track to ship a 22nm chip in 2011. He also noted at the time that the company's first microprocessor designed for a 22nm build had already moved through an Intel fabrication plant.

"The size of the spending might seem overly large, but production at the 22nm scale is very difficult and requires incredible precision," said Dan Olds, an analyst with The Gabriel Consulting Group. "Doing it at high volume and ensuring that yields remain reasonably high is another tricky problem."

And this kind of investment into the high-tech sector, especially during a down economy, is welcome news, he added.

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