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Reports point to an Intel private power station in Israel

Posted: 28 May 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:power? Israel? chipmaker?

Chipmaker Intel Corp. is planning to build a private power station based on natural gas at Kiryat Gat, Israel, home to its Fab 28, at an estimated cost of between $100 million and $150 million, according to reports in the Israeli press.

An Intel Israel spokesman told EE Times that the company neither confirms nor denies the information. The reports say that the power station will produce between 100 and 150mW and that Intel has recently put out a secret call for proposals to build the power station and to operate it for 15 to 20 years. Reports speculate that the leading bidder is Edeltek Ltd.

Intel has been operating in Israel since 1974 and has development centers at Haifa, Yakum, Jerusalem, Petach Tikva and Yokneam. The company employs more than 6,100 people directly, as well as stimulating the employment of several thousand external workers. In the next few months, the company is set to inaugurate its Fab 28 in Kiryat Gat in southern Israel. Fab 28 is set to manufacture at the 45nm manufacturing node on 300mm diameter wafers. The plant is expected to ramp up to reach volume production in mid-2009. Kiryat Gat is also home to a former Intel 200mm fab, now transferred to Numonyx BV for the production of flash memory. The plant is expected to reach full output during 2009 at a level of 8,000 wafers per week. Currently, the plant produces between 5,000 and 6,000 wafers per week.

- Amir Ben-Artzi
EE Times Europe





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