Intel opens first volume 45nm fab in Arizona

As AMD attemps to reassure investors and analysts by saying 45nm processor production will kick off in the first half of next year, Intel is already on the last lap of its race to 45nm. The world’s biggest processor maker plans to release its first 45nm processors next month, and the company has opened its first fabrication plant dedicated specifically to high-volume 45nm production.

The new plant is situated in Chandler, Arizona, and Intel has christened it "Fab 32." Production of 45nm processors for desktops, notebooks, and servers has already begun there. According to Intel, Fab 32 is the company’s sixth fab to produce 300mm wafers and its second one to produce 45nm processors. (45nm CPU production started at its D1D development facility in Oregon back in January.)

Intel plans to open two additional 45nm fabs next year: Fab 28 in Kiryat Gat, Israel, and Fab 11x in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

Intel’s Fab 32. Source: Intel.

For a performance preview of Intel’s 45nm chips and how they stack up against AMD’s quad-core "Barcelona" Opterons, make sure to check our Stoakley platform and 45nm Xeons review. 45nm Xeons are scheduled to become available on November 12.

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