Thu. Oct 6th, 2022

Intel announced that the Fab 42 factory, which started construction in 2011 and lasted 10 years with a total investment of 7 billion US dollars, has been fully operational, which will greatly alleviate the current capacity crisis of 10nm chips. This plant is also the company’s third plant using the latest technology. The operation of the plant will significantly increase shipments of Intel’s latest products.

According to the data, the Arizona factory started construction in 2011. The original plan was to produce 450mm wafers in the 14nm process, and it was close to completion as early as 2013. However, in 2014, Intel at that time could not determine the demand for 14nm chips.

Because according to the plan, Intel will switch to the 10nm process in 2016. What Intel did not expect was that the 10nm process technology was repeatedly delayed, and the factory was never completed, but it also caused the 14nm chips to be out of stock for a long time.

Previously, Intel had a 10nm factory in Israel and Oregon. With the 10nm factory in Arizona, Intel now has three 10nm factories, and the production capacity of 10nm chips has also increased by more than 50%. It is expected that the supply of the upcoming 11th-generation Core Tiger Lake processors will be relatively sufficient, at least on the mobile side, there will be no coexistence of 14nm and 10nm.

According to data, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich met with US President Donald Trump on February 8, 2017, and then announced the restart of the construction of the Fab 42 fab in Arizona. In fact, Intel announced the construction of this factory as early as 2011. At that time, it was expected to help the growth of the mobile device chip business. However, as Intel has stopped producing smartphone chips, it is also possible that the Fab 42 factory will be officially opened in the future. Will serve Intel’s new chip target development areas.

According to the technology website PC World and ABC Fox Montana, Intel was originally hired by former Intel Corporation in February 2011 when former U.S. President Barack Obama (Barack Obama) visited Intel’s factory in Hillsboro, Oregon, in the western United States. CEO Paul Otellini announced a $5 billion investment in the Chandler, Arizona, area of ​​Fab 42 for the production of 14-nanometer wafers, which he claimed at the time would add 4,000 jobs.

As early as January 2012, Obama personally visited the site of the Fab 42 factory, and praised that the Fab 42 factory will be able to produce some of the fastest and most powerful computer chips on the planet, and praised Intel for the return of manufacturing to American companies. He said it should stop rewarding companies that provide U.S. jobs abroad and instead reward companies like Intel that invest and create jobs in the United States. Fab 42 was also roughly completed as early as 2014.

However, the good times are short-lived. In 2014, Intel slammed the brakes on the construction of the Fab 42 factory and reserved the original site as available space for future unspecified technologies. In this regard, Intel spokesman William Moss said that the Fab 42 factory started Construction began in 2011, but the completion date of the plant will be delayed to ensure that in the future, when Intel anticipates sufficient demand, the completion of Fab 42 can immediately meet capacity needs.

Therefore, the completion schedule of the factory was put on hold for more than 2 years, until Krzanich announced on February 8, 2017 to increase investment and restart the construction project. Trump, like Obama, once again praised Intel’s move for the United States. Job creation, and a good thing for Arizona. However, according to external analysis, Intel also made a commitment to Obama in 2012, but then postponed the plan. This time, it promised the new President Trump again in person. Whether there will be other variables in this investment project in the future remains to be seen.

It is worth noting that in 2011, Intel expected Fab 42 to be a mobile chip production plant after completion; but as Intel abandoned the mobile device market, it turned its growth focus on the Internet of Things (IoT), servers, automobiles and In other emerging chip markets, it is also worth observing whether Fab 42 will be invested in chip manufacturing in these emerging areas after the completion of the Fab 42 plant.

The new White House press secretary Sean Spicer also said that Intel’s restart of the Fab 42 plant is the latest wave of action under the wave of US economic optimism brought about by Trump since he took office as US president.

Intel can now produce chips using its 10nm process technology at three factories in Israel, Oregon and Arizona, and the family of chips includes Intel’s just-announced 11th-generation Core Tiger Lake processors.

Foreign media believe that the addition of Fab 42 will greatly improve Intel’s ability to supply 10nm processors. It can be expected that the supply of 11th-generation Core Tiger Lake will be more abundant than the Ice Lake 10th-generation Core.

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