MANHASSET, N.Y. Intel Corp. has opened its next wafer fab in Leixlip, Ireland. It is the chip maker's third facility to use 65-nm process technology and reportedly the industry's first 65-nm production plant in Europe.
Intel (Santa Clara, Calif.) continues to ramp up 65-nm production, with 65-nm wafer starts now surpassing
90-nm wafer starts. The Ireland fab is designated Fab 24-2 and cost $2 billion to build. Intel's other 65-nm plants are Fab 12 in Arizona and D1D in Oregon.
"Intel is establishing a clear technology lead with our next generation of dual-core processors based on the Intel Core micro architecture," said Intel president and CEO Paul Otellini in a statement. "Our manufacturing capability is key to fueling Intel's success."
In the third quarter, Intel will introduce Core 2 Duo processors for desktops and notebooks, and the dual-core Intel Xeon processor 5100 series.
The company also stated it is on track to begin production using 45-nm process technology by the end of 2007.