Intel to spend $6-8 billion on new fab, manufacturing upgrades

Fresh from posting record quarterly revenue, Intel has announced the construction of a new fab and upgrades to its existing manufacturing capacity in the States. The chipmaker plans to spend between $6 billion and $8 billion on the initiative, creating 6,000-8,000 construction jobs and 800-1,000 permanent positions in the process.

Pictured above in 3D rendered form, the brand-new D1X development fab will be built in Oregon. Intel expects research and development operations will kick off there some time in 2013. During today's conference call, the company pointed out that the fab will have the ability to upgrade to 450-mm wafer production down the road—no time frame has been set for that just yet, though.

Meanwhile, Intel will be doing some remodeling work in four fabs: fabs 12 and 32 in Arizona, and fabs D1C and D1D in Oregon. (Good news for the workers there, by the way: these upgrades purportedly mean everyone will get to keep their jobs.) The upgrades will allow these facilities to "manufacture the next-generation 22-nanometer (nm) process technology."

For those of you who haven't been keeping up with Intel's tick-tock schedule, the next tick will be Ivy Bridge at 22 nm. The chipmaker expects to have Ivy Bridge processors in production in the second half of next year, with retail availability to follow in early 2012.

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