Skip to comments.Intel breaks ground on $20 bln Arizona plants as U.S. chip factory race heats up
Posted on 09/28/2021 3:19:31 PM PDT by george76
Intel .. on Friday broke ground on two new factories in Arizona as part of its turnaround plan to become a major manufacturer of chips for outside customers.
The $20 billion plants - dubbed Fab 52 and Fab 62 - will bring the total number of Intel factories at its campus in Chandler, Arizona, to six. They will house Intel's most advanced chipmaking technology and play a central role in the Santa Clara, California-based company's effort to regain its lead in making the smallest, fastest chips by 2025, after having fallen behind rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing
deepening its manufacturing relationship with the U.S. military.
"We want to have more resilience to the supply chain," Intel Chief Executive Pat Gelsinger, who earlier in the week attended a White House meeting on the global chip shortage, told Reuters in an interview. "As the only company on U.S. soil that can do the most advanced lithography processes in the world, we are going to step up in a big way."
Gelsinger said it was too early to say how much of the new plants' capacity would be reserved for outside customers. He said the plants would produce "thousands" of wafers per week.
Wafers are the silicon discs on which chips are made, and each can hold hundreds or even thousands of chips.
Intel rival TSMC has also purchased land to build its first U.S. campus in Phoenix, not far from Intel's location, where TSMC plans up to six chip factories, Reuters previously reported.
Gelsinger said Intel plans to announce another U.S. campus site before the end of the year that will eventually hold eight chip factories.
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What ? Not building in Kalifornia ?
Good move: It’s in the USA
Bad move: It’s in Arizona. A locale that is already short of water.
>> broke ground on two new factories in Arizona as part of its turnaround plan
Did Intel just come up with that idea?
Even Leftists aren’t that stupid.
It loos like the Tiawan plant is well underway off the north side of 303.
Finally! I was wondering when that would happen. Intel used to have a great facility in Chandler.
This is a great story.
We just had the rainiest summer in 12 years. It was mire than the previous 12 years combined. If we have a water shortage, it is a manufactured crisis.
The biggest fab in the world is already in Chandler, AZ.
Intel does a great job minimizing water usage.
I worked for them for almost 30 years.
I don't understand why they are both building in a very dry area that already has water shortages and are projected to be even worse in the near future.
I was making chips for National Semiconductoe when Intel started-up just down the way on E Middlefield road.
This is good news.
Looks like full employment for all those Haitians and Afghans
No problem, we just steal California's by declaring that US water resources should go to American citizens first instead of the 27% of California that is foreign born. 26.7% of California's residents are foreign born while Arizona has only half that at 13.4%.
Ditto the NM plant.
Much better than in California.
Arizona sells a lot of electricity to California.
The water shortage is caused by increased population growth in the western states that get there water from snow melt..
They haven’t even finished the massive fab they are building in Seattle. And they keep insisting they aren’t leaving California.
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