Intel starts construction of research labs for 450mm wafers




Intel starts construction of research labs for 450mm wafers

Intel has started the construction of a new chip factory in his field in the U.S. state of Oregon. The D1X module 2 production is focused on research and is likely one of the first fabs are working with 450mm wafers.

An Intel employee confirms opposite Xbit Labs that the construction of the new production was launched, but also wants the chipmaker not give details about the project. Earlier this year, Intel said this year will be only two billion dollars spent on the construction and that it will take is off for the complex for several years.

DX1 Module 2 is being built next to the existing DX1 Module 1 complex, whose construction started in 2010. The building will have an area of ​​over one hundred thousand square meters and is primarily to act as research lab. Intel wants to work with large 450mm wafers for the first time in Module 2, currently the wafers where the company has its chips from 300mm wide. By working with larger wafers, the production of chips should decrease over time.

While Intel investigating the 450mm wafers, the company is also busy with the transition to the 14nm manufacturing process. In the Module 1 fab, Intel chips are going to make this process as well as in Ireland , Intel has a plant stand that will produce chips. at 14nm The first 14nm processor is Intel Broadwell, the successor to the recently introduced Haswell generation. Also Skylake, Broadwell’s successor, will be produced on 14nm.
Intel fabs in Oregon

Intel’s factories in Oregon (Source: Portland Business Journal)

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