Intel opened a 300mm wafer fabrication facility in China, its first semiconductor manufacturing plant in Asia.
Intel opened the company's first Asia-based advanced chip manufacturing
plant in China,
the company said Oct. 26.
"This manufacturing facility helps deliver on our vision to contribute
to sustainable growth in China while giving us better proximity to serve our customers
in Asia," said Paul Otellini, Intel's chief executive, in a statement.
Located in Dalian, the wafer
fabrication facility will focus initial production on chipsets for laptop
computers, high-performance desktop PCs and Intel Xeon processor-based servers,
according to Intel. Intel Semiconductor, or Fab 68, has already begun producing
300-millimeter silicon wafers, which will be available by the end of the year,
the company said to eWEEK.
Fab 68 is Intel's eighth 300mm wafer fabrication facility worldwide and is
already using the advanced 65-nanometer process technology, according to Intel.
Intel recently announced it will invest between $6 billion to $8 billion to
two more facilities in Oregon
to produce next-generation 22nm
Fab 68 is staffed with local employees trained to fill skilled, well-paid
positions in high-tech manufacturing, Intel said. When fully operational, Fab
68 will have about 1,500 employees, Intel said in an e-mail to eWEEK.
Intel's focus on regional workers meshes with the Chinese government's
initiatives to revitalize the region with work force development in "strategic
emerging industries" and upgrade the area's economic structure, the
An estimated two dozen companies have also set up shop in Dalian to be near
and do business with the new plant, and Intel has started doing business with
more than 80 existing suppliers based in Dalian, said the company.
Intel is investing $2.5 billion in the facility, bringing the company's
total Chinese investment to date to $4.7 billion, the company said. Intel has
been investing and partnering in China
for 25 years. Intel also has a large assembly and test site in Chengdu
as well as research and development centers and labs scattered throughout China,
including in Beijing and Shanghai.
Intel plans to continue investing in China,
said Otellini, but he did not give any further details. The "smart"
revolution taking place in the computing industry creates exciting
opportunities for Intel to pursue in China,
Under construction since 2007, Fab 68 is roughly the size of 23 football
fields at 163,000 square meters of factory space, Intel said.
"Fab 68 models the exacting design and construction standards that
Intel applies globally for environmental performance, including water, energy
and chemical waste management," said Kirby Jefferson, general manager of
Dalian is located in northeast China's
Liaoning province about 288 miles
east of Beijing and 545 miles north