The days of building a 300mm fab every couple of years has long been over at Intel Corp. However, the first advanced front-end facility to be built in the U.S. since Fab 32 in Chandler, Arizona broke-ground in late 2005 will be a new R&D facility in Oregon, dubbed Fab D1X. Four other existing 300mm fabs will be upgraded for the volume production migration to the 22nm node at a cost of between US$6 and US$8 billion.
“Today’s announcement reflects the next tranche of the continued advancement of Moore’s Law and a further commitment to invest in the future of Intel and America,” said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini. “The most immediate impact of our multi-billion-dollar investment will be the thousands of jobs associated with building a new fab and upgrading four others, and the high-wage, high-tech manufacturing jobs that follow.”
According to Intel, the capital expenditure planned will support 6,000 to 8,000 construction jobs and result in 800 to 1,000 new permanent high-tech jobs.
The fab upgrades will support the ramp of Intel’s first 22nm microprocessors, codenamed ‘Ivy Bridge,’ that is planned in late 2011. These fabs include in Arizona Fab 12 and Fab 32 in Arizon D1C and D1D in Oregon, originally development fabs.