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Intel finally opens the valves on 10 nm

Intel finally opens the valves on 10 nm

With nearly 4 years behind schedule, Intel is finally starting to take advantage of its “Fab 42” located in Arizona, which will enable it to produce 10nm in volume.

The history of this manufacturing unit or factory is special. It all starts in 2011 when Intel decides to build it on a site that already has other Fabs.
In 2013, construction is completed and, one year later, the entire silicon manufacturing infrastructure is installed in the factory. But that’s when the worries began. In 2014, Intel is not sure about producing 14 nm wafers because they do not expect a strong demand. The factory then enters a sleep phase. The project for this factory was to lead to the production of 450 mm wafers (instead of the industry standard 300 mm) in 14 nm. The idea was then to use this production to cushion production peaks. The situation in recent months has caused the design to shift to 10 nm.
Since the beginning of the year, Fab 42 has been the largest semiconductor manufacturing site in the USA and also Intel’s first “ megafactory ” network with almost 83 612 m² of production area and 12 000 employees, of whom 3,000 have been hired in the last 18 months.

Intel Fab 42 10nm

The Fab 42 will finally allow Intel to exploit the 10nm at full capacity

For almost 7 years, the Fab 42 had been waiting to start wafer production. Its goal now is to increase production capacity to meet the demand for Intel’s advanced 10nm process. Nothing seems to be able to thwart its destiny anymore, although one can quickly wonder about its future.

Intel Fab 42This site has been the subject of a huge investment by Intel. Moreover, the company will no doubt try to migrate the Fab 42 to the 7 nm process long awaited by the blue guys.

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