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It's official: Intel to build 300mm wafer fab in China

Posted: 27 Mar 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Intel Corp. will build a 300mm wafer fab in the coastal Northeast China city of Dalian in Liaoning Province. The $2.5 billion investment for the factory, designated Fab 68, will be Intel's first wafer fab in Asia and will add investment to the company's existing operations in China. For some weeks now, reports were circulating about Intel's plan to build a plant in the country.

"China is our fastest-growing major market and we believe it's critical that we invest in markets that will provide for future growth to better serve our customers," said Intel president and CEO Paul Otellini. "Fab 68 will be our first new wafer fab at a new site in 15 years." The new project will make Intel's total investment in China close to $4 billion, he added.

Construction on Fab 68 is scheduled to begin later this year with production projected to begin in the first half of 2010. Initial production will be dedicated to chipsets to support Intel's core microprocessor business.

Once completed, Fab 68 will become part of Intel's manufacturing network that includes eight 300mm factories in 2010 with other fabs located in the U.S., Ireland and Israel.

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