Intel to build its first Chinese fab
Nearly two weeks after we first heard that Intel had received the go-ahead from the Chinese government to build a $2.5 billion fabrication plant in China, the company has officially announced the fab. Intel has baptized the future plant Fab 68. It says the facility will cost $2.5 billion and that it will be built in the city of Dalian, which is in China's north-eastern Liaoning Province, a couple hundred miles from Beijing. According to Intel, the fab is currently scheduled to kick off wafer production "in the first half of 2010."
Interestingly, Intel says Fab 68 will produce 300mm wafers, but its press release doesn't specify on which process technology those wafers will be based. EE Times mentioned earlier this month that the U.S. government restricted the export of manufacturing technologies below 180nm to China. However, the same site now has word straight from Intel that Fab 68 will produce wafers based on 90nm process technology to "initially" make chipsets.