Intel Investing $7B in 32nm

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Intel Chief Paul Otellini said Tuesday that the chip maker will spend $7 billion over the next two years to upgrade its U.S. manufacturing facilities.

It represents Intel’s largest-ever investment for a new manufacturing process, said the company.

The investment funds deployment of Intel’s 32 nanometer (nm) manufacturing process. Intel’s investment will be made at existing manufacturing sites in Oregon, Arizona and New Mexico and will support approximately 7,000 high-wage, high-skill jobs at those locations. Intel has a workforce of more than 45,000 in the U.S.

The desktop and mobile Westmere chips integrate a 45 nm graphics die on the same package and will ship late this year. AMD plans to ship its first 32 nm CPUs in 2011.

Over the past eight years, Intel has built six new fabs, and upgraded another. Since 2002 it has invested $50 billion in capital and R&D in the United States. It generates more than 75 percent of its sales overseas, although some 75 percent of its semiconductor manufacturing is conducted in the U.S. About 75 percent of the company’s R&D spending and capital investments are also made in the U.S., said the company in a press release.

Robert Scoble tours inside Intel’s 45 nanometer fab in Hillsboro, Oregon and talked to Intel Senior Fellow, Mark Bohr who gave Bob a rare look inside Intel’s fab. Bohr explains how High-K dielectrics are keeping Moore’s Law alive. Mark Bohr said the new 32 nm processor provides an estimated 22 percent performance boost and 70 percent smaller features.

The NY Times has a profile on Mark Bohr, an Intel fellow who helped sheppard the new technology to fruition at Hillsboro’s D1D plant.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 at 10:15 am .

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