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geekmaster
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14nm in Ireland: when and why?
geekmaster   7/30/2013 2:41:23 PM
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Hi Peter!
We are glad you created this blog.  We understand Ireland is at 65nm. To upgrade from 65nm to 14nm is a huge project which will take a while. Maybe it is better to build a new facility. We always assumed that the first facilities for 14nm will be D1X, then Fab 42 and then Ireland. In order to have the needed capacity for 14nm in 2014, they need to begin the upgrade project in 2H13 or latest begin of 2014. The incentives from Ireland must be also huge! Why else would Intel decide to upgrade such old 65nm facilities to 14nm (they have better candidates)?  

 

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rick merritt   7/30/2013 4:26:35 PM
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Amazing to thin

1) Intel is already gfearing up for 14nm

2) Ireland is seen as a suitable environment given the relatively small size of the fab ecosystem there.

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Re: 14nm in Ireland: when and why?
Peter Clarke   7/31/2013 5:12:37 AM
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@GoGoGeek

You also have to bear in mind that Intel is more or less out of 65-nm manufacturing. There can't be much, if anything, that needs what is for Intel a trailing process.

Therefore WITHOUT an upgrade to 14-nm there is not much reason for Intel Leixlip manufacturing to exist.

Intel began the upgrade spending that will ultimately let 14-nm come in several years ago.

They started by closing Fab 14 in summer 2009 and stripping it back to a shell. Then last year I saw them rebuilding that shell and putting in an air-bridge to Fab 24/Fab24-2.

That creates the clean room environment and extra space capable of running 14-nm. Then it is just a question of buying the equipment, installing it, hooking it up, running test wafers through for a quarter or two to pipeclean, and then running real product.

As we have been told Intel has done some training of Irish workforce on 14-nm machines and production flows in the US.

I expect Intel Israel to get the nod for the 10-nm node but that must assume that Intel remains economically healthy AND that Moore's Law continues at the same periodicity going forward. Neither is a given and at some point Intel's new CEO may have to make some more radical decisions.

 

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Re: 14nm in Ireland: when and why?
resistion   7/31/2013 10:04:59 AM
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Wonder if they considered letting Fab 24 continue 65 nm like Fab 68 in China. Maybe they can make non-CMOS stuff like MEMS or interposers. If they get 14 nm, maybe that would be their last node..

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Re: 14nm in Ireland: when and why?
geekmaster   7/31/2013 1:45:22 PM
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Thanks Peter!
We had the impression that Fab 24 is relatively old and needs quite some retrofit for 14nm.
Fab 24 is about 9 years old (Fab 24-2 is younger). We even heard about plans of a new fab instead of using the old ones. But since you saw the connection built to upgraded Fab 14, looks like they upgrade these old fabs.
Do you have any idea how big the incentive package is offered by the government?

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Re: 14nm in Ireland: when and why?
Peter Clarke   8/1/2013 4:54:35 AM
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I don't know the size of support from Irish government.

I am sure there was some tax breaks and the like.

But I get the impression that it wasn't that large.

I know there is usually lots of wrangling with governments but i think in this case Intel Ireland won the upgrade plan on the strength of the workforce and their past performance.

 

 

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Re: 14nm in Ireland: when and why?
rich.pell   8/1/2013 7:25:33 AM
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"Do you have any idea how big the incentive package is offered by the government?"

Ireland's corporate tax rate of 12.5% (compared to a U.S. rate of 35%) is probably all the incentive that is needed.

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Re: 14nm in Ireland: when and why?
Peter Clarke   8/1/2013 10:49:38 AM
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@Rich

Good point.

It is certainly enough for Google and others to state that by definition all of their European-wide sales actually take place in Ireland.

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Re: 14nm in Ireland: when and why?
Max The Magnificent   8/1/2013 11:33:57 AM
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@Rich: Ireland's corporate tax rate of 12.5% (compared to a U.S. rate of 35%) is probably all the incentive that is needed.

Ah .. but the only US companies who pay the 35% rate are the smaller ones who don't have international holdings. There was a report on the NPR (national public radio) just the other day saying that the big multinationals typically end up paying something like 14%. Also there was another report a couple of months ago saying that their multinational branches could move the cash into US banks without paying tax ... but that was when my head started to hurt...


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Re: 14nm in Ireland: when and why?
geekmaster   8/1/2013 1:53:52 PM
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Irelands corporate tax rate is about 12.5% for at least 8 years now (I think Israel corp. tax rate is still at 10%).  Beside of that, governments also offer tax holidays and incentives. Incentives can be even capital grants (cash). The cash offered is not only for China but also for Germany. AMD Dresden for example received $550M cash grant plus some more in direct/indirect stakes plus at least $80M from Saxony investors.  So, the 12.5% corporate tax rate in Ireland may not be all for Intel.

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