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Intel to invest $1.5B in New Mexico fab

Posted: 28 Feb 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Intel? fab? 45nm process? chips? computer chips?

Intel Corp. announced that it will invest $1-to-$1.5 billion in its Rio Rancho, New Mexico-based site to retool Fab 11X for production on its 45nm manufacturing process.

Fab 11X will be the company's fourth factory scheduled to use the 45nm process, with production in New Mexico scheduled to start in the second half of next year.

Initial production of Intel's 45nm products will be done at its Oregon development fab, dubbed D1D. The company is currently building two other factories that will use the 45nm process. The $3 billion Fab 32 in Chandler, Arizona, will commence production late this year while the $3.5 billion Fab 28 in Kiryat Gat, Israel, will begin production the first half of next year.

Fab 11X currently manufactures 90nm computer chips on 300mm wafers. Fab 11X began production in October 2002 and was Intel's first 300mm, high-volume manufacturing facility. It was also the company's first fully automated, high volume factory producing 300mm wafers.

- Mark LaPedus
EE Times

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