Intel opens 65 nm fab in Ireland
AMD kicked off a three-year overhaul
of its Dresden, Germany-based fabs last month, and now it's Intel's turn
to make some noise in Europe. The company has opened
its newest fab in Leixlip, Ireland, where production of 300 mm
wafers based on 65 nm process technology has already started. The new
fab was christened Fab 24-2, and is Intel's third 65 nm fab after
Arizona-based Fab 12 and the D1D facility in Oregon. Intel also boasts that
the new $2 billion fab is Europe's first to produce 65 nm chips in
volume; AMD's Fab 36 won't begin cranking out 65 nm processors until later this year.
In addition to announcing the new fab, Intel states that its 45 nm process
technology is still on-schedule to hit production "by the end of
2007." Leaked roadmaps suggest Intel
will commercially introduce its 45 nm process with a Core 2 derivative
code-named Penryn. Penryn is expected to be followed one year later by
Nehalem, a brand new architecture, also on the 45 nm process.