SANTA CLARA, Calif.--In what is expected to lower its chip-manufacturing costs, Intel Corp. here today announced the grand opening of its first, high-volume 300-mm fab.
Located in Rio Rancho, N.M., Intel's new Fab 11X plant is a $2-billion fab that was originally announced back in 2000 (see June 24, 2000 story ).
The 11X fab will produce 0.13-micron chips on 300-mm substrates. The facility will transition to 90-nn process technology in 2003. Fab 11X is more than 1-million-square-feet in size, with 200,000-square-feet of clean room space.
"This expansion is the embodiment of our long-held belief that especially in the face of challenging economic times we must continue to invest in new products and manufacturing," said Paul Otellini, Intel president and chief operating officer, in a statement.
"The combination of the 300-mm wafers and 90-nanometer process technology will also reduce the costs of manufacturing, increase productivity and improve the availability of the world's most advanced semiconductor products," he said.
In total, Intel has announced no less than six 300-mm fabs, which will move into production over the next several years. For months, Intel has been ramping up production in its initial 300-mm wafer fab. The company's first 300-mm plant, called D1C, is a 0.13-micron "development" fab located in Hillsboro, Ore.
Now, the company is ramping up 11x. Then, in the first half of 2004, Intel is expected to ramp up its third 300-mm fab, this time in Leixlip, Ireland. The so-called Fab 24 plant is supposed to be company's first high-volume fab for the production of chips, based on the 90-nm node.
Intel also has at least three other 300-mm plants on the drawing board, including a new plant in Chandler, Ariz. The Arizona fab is an 8-inch fab that moved into production last year, but it has also been set up for 300-mm substrates.
Last year, the company announced a new 300-mm development fab that will process 0.07-micron chips. Dubbed D1D, the fab will be situated in Hillsboro, near the D1C facility.
And not to be outdone, Intel last year opened a new $250 million R&D fab, which will be dedicated strictly to 300-mm research. The so-called "RP1" plant is also located in Hillsboro.