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Intel To Build Second 1.1M Square Foot Fab in Oregon

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Intel has confirmed a massive expansion of its chip production site in Hillsboro, Oregon.

The company is building a twin of the $3 billion D1X factory that was announced about two years ago and it's scheduled to be up and running and producing 14 nm processors in 2013.

The new factory will also cover 1.1 billion square feet of floor space and is built to accommodate future lithography technology such as EUV, which will have chip production equipment that is multiple stories high. D1X and its twin will stand 122 feet tall. Intel also said that it is retrofitting its Fab20 in Hillsboro, which was previously closed down.

Given the current macro-economic environment, there may be concerns as to whether Intel can justify spending that much money on extra production capacity. However, investing in fabs and future manufacturing is part of the company history that has given it a position of chip production leadership. There are not many standalone chip makers left that can afford to build production fabs on this massive scale and the fact that Intel's investment comes at this time, is an important and surely motivating sign that Intel is betting on growth for chips - not just smartphone and tablet chips.

The announcement is also a sure sign that Intel will be following through with its aggressive roadmap.

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    spookie , October 29, 2012 10:23 AM
    Please move away from Square Foot, meters are sooo much better(and is doesn't sound absurdly big!)
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    freggo , October 29, 2012 12:17 PM
    greghomeAmerica is still the only industrialise country that doesn't use the metric system. For that, I congratulate the American people


    Then why do we use 9mm bullets, drink from 2liter bottles, by our drugs by the 'kilo' and measure our Chips in nm (nano meter is METRIC) :-)

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    freggo , October 29, 2012 12:15 PM
    jaquith...Frankly, I wish they'd quit manufacturing offshore and close facilities China, Costa Rica, Malaysia, Israel, Ireland, India, Russia and Vietnam or other non-US Countries.


    "other non-US Countries." ???
    Which are then the other "US countries" :-)
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    wanderer11 , October 29, 2012 10:10 AM
    The article says 1.1 billion sq ft, but the title says 1.1 million sq ft. Surely, million is correct isn't it?
  • 21 Hide
    spookie , October 29, 2012 10:23 AM
    Please move away from Square Foot, meters are sooo much better(and is doesn't sound absurdly big!)
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    ekho , October 29, 2012 10:48 AM
    and AMD is almost Fabless!
    So we have to compare like 32nm chips with latencies for their L3 caches and not-so-well built silicons
    with 22nm intel chips with I dont know;3D transistors or something...

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    greghome , October 29, 2012 11:10 AM
    spookiePlease move away from Square Foot, meters are sooo much better(and is doesn't sound absurdly big!)

    America is still the only industrialise country that doesn't use the metric system. :( 
    For that, I congratulate the American people
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    vaughn2k , October 29, 2012 11:13 AM
    This is good for the Americans... build more jobs... I wish Apple also does this, move away from Foxconn, and build manufacturing plants in the US soil to build more jobs..
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    jaquith , October 29, 2012 11:50 AM
    Here's an original article - http://www.oregonlive.com/silicon-forest/index.ssf/2012/10/intel_makes_a_bet_on_oregon_an.html

    Yes, it's a $3 Billion dollar project for a 1.1 million square feet building. Hey, it's in the US we use SqFt; 102,193 M^2.

    Frankly, I wish they'd quit manufacturing offshore and close facilities China, Costa Rica, Malaysia, Israel, Ireland, India, Russia and Vietnam or other non-US Countries "Territories" (Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, or Virgin Islands.)
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    sheepsnowadays , October 29, 2012 11:51 AM
    ^^ Your obviously have not calculated ANYTHING that has to do with science to realize that yes metric is the way to go.
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    ojas , October 29, 2012 12:05 PM
    I think these fabs (D1X and this one) will be used for 10nm as well, since they've called it D1X, where X=4,1.

    Also, i would assume that they'll make a lot more 14nm chips than the 22nm ones they're making at the moment.
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    freggo , October 29, 2012 12:15 PM
    jaquith...Frankly, I wish they'd quit manufacturing offshore and close facilities China, Costa Rica, Malaysia, Israel, Ireland, India, Russia and Vietnam or other non-US Countries.


    "other non-US Countries." ???
    Which are then the other "US countries" :-)
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    freggo , October 29, 2012 12:17 PM
    greghomeAmerica is still the only industrialise country that doesn't use the metric system. For that, I congratulate the American people


    Then why do we use 9mm bullets, drink from 2liter bottles, by our drugs by the 'kilo' and measure our Chips in nm (nano meter is METRIC) :-)

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    freggo , October 29, 2012 12:18 PM
    CamikaziWhat is it with people and wanting everyone to be the same? Our system works leave it alone, there are conversions to and from both systems no reason for everything to be identical.


    Sorry, that was meant for you, not "greghome". Still early morning here and I did not have enough coffee yet :-)

    Then why do we use 9mm bullets, drink from 2liter bottles, by our drugs by the 'kilo' and measure our Chips in nm (nano meter is METRIC) :-)
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    devBunny , October 29, 2012 12:37 PM
    greghomeAmerica is still the only industrialise country that doesn't use the metric system. For that, I congratulate the American people


    The way to stay.

    sheepsnowadays^^ Your obviously have not calculated ANYTHING that has to do with science to realize that yes metric is the way to go.


    The way to go.

    ;o)
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    g00fysmiley , October 29, 2012 1:02 PM
    I would love is the US switched to the metric system for somethings... but ever try to follow a metric cooking recipe... its annoying as hell even with the right tools, give my teaspoons tablespoons, and cups any day. though for most scientific purposes it is best to use metric as it makes reproduction of experiments possible all over the world
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    CaedenV , October 29, 2012 1:07 PM
    Multiple story chip manufacturing equipment.... Please tell me that Tom's is working on getting a tour of the facility like you did with the collider a few years back. That would just be really cool.

    ... I am curious about what in the process of making things so tiny requires such tall equipment...
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    rosen380 , October 29, 2012 1:09 PM
    "(and is doesn't sound absurdly big!)"

    Well, if that is even a minor justification, than M2 is crap too. Square miles is much smaller, just 0.04. But is that really small enough? Lets just use square light-years; 3.2x10^-20 is tiny. Perfect :) 
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    PseudopsiaKite , October 29, 2012 1:13 PM
    sheepsnowadays^^ Your obviously have not calculated ANYTHING that has to do with science to realize that yes metric is the way to go.


    I can't wait to get me one of those 0.00055 mil CPUs. Ain't they sick.
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    alidan , October 29, 2012 1:17 PM
    CamikaziWhat is it with people and wanting everyone to be the same? Our system works leave it alone, there are conversions to and from both systems no reason for everything to be identical.


    im almost 25, and and i cant understand how anyone understands imperial...
    for the last 20 years i cant see why we dont use metric. its SO much easier.
    whats easier to tell whats what on the fly
    1/8th 9/16th
    or 5mm and 7mm

    how many pints in a gallon? (i dont know)

    i sure as hell know how many ml in a L

    how many feet in a mile? i only know its 5280 because it was a trivia question i got wrong in a game recently. but i know how many M in a km off the top of my head.

    imperial is retarded, and in all honesty, if it wasnt for MPH i dont believe that we would still be useing it, but we have so many people that are so stupid that the change from mph to kmph would be undoable.

    other countries where driveing isnt an everyone has a license kind of deal, yea i could see a full switch in measurements to be a doable thing.
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    goodguy713 , October 29, 2012 1:41 PM
    1.1 million isnt really all that big .. about 2 - 3 city blocks in size
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    rebel1280 , October 29, 2012 1:55 PM
    I wonder why in Oregon and not South Carolina like Apple and Boeing did (state issued tax breaks and non union).
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