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Intel to invest $7 billion in 7-nm semiconductor fab in Arizona

February 21, 2017
Source: ASM International

Intel Corp., Santa Clara, Calif., plans to invest more than $7 billion to complete Fab 42, which is expected to be the most advanced semiconductor factory in the world. The high-volume factory is in Chandler, Arizona, and is targeted to use the 7-nm manufacturing process. It will produce microprocessors to power data centers and hundreds of millions of smart and connected devices worldwide. The announcement was made by U.S. President Donald Trump and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich at the White House.

Making a leading-edge computer chip is the most complex manufacturing process in the world, engineering magic that turns sand into semiconductors, the foundation of the knowledge economy. The 7-nm semiconductor manufacturing process will be the most advanced semiconductor process technology, and represents the future of Moore's Law. In 1968 Intel co-founder Gordon Moore predicted that computing power would become significantly more capable and yet cost less year after year.

The completion of Fab 42 in three to four years will directly create approximately 3000 high-tech, high-wage Intel jobs for process engineers, equipment technicians, and facilities-support engineers and technicians who will work at the site. Combined with the indirect impact on businesses that will help support the factory's operations, Fab 42 is expected to create more than 10,000 total long-term jobs in Arizona.

"Intel's business continues to grow and investment in manufacturing capacity and R&D ensures that the pace of Moore's law will continue to march on, fueling technology innovations the world loves and depends on," said Mr. Krzanich. "This factory will help the United States maintain its position as the global leader in the semiconductor industry."

The chips made on the 7 nm process will power the most sophisticated computers, data centers, sensors and other high-tech devices, and enable artificial intelligence, more advanced cars and transportation services, breakthroughs in medical research and treatment, and more. These are areas that depend on having the highest amount of computing power, access to the fastest networks, the most data storage, the smallest chip sizes, and other benefits from advancing Moore's Law.


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Industries and Applications | Electronics

Industries and Applications | Nanotechnology

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