Intel again has decided to delay construction of a $1.3 billion wafer processing plant in Fort Worth, Texas. The plant was originally scheduled to open in 1999 but was pushed back one year last fall, and now it's not
expected to open until 2002, according to press reports.
As a result, Intel is planning to make its Fort Worth plant a 300-mm wafer fab when it resumes work at the site,
according to a story in Dallas Morning News. Intel has decided to push back the opening of the
microprocessor plant -- originally slated to be a 200-mm fab -- to coincide with its timetable to begin using larger
Earlier, Intel has said that it might consider making its Fort Worth plant a 300-mm wafer fab after the Santa Clara,
Calif.-based microprocessor giant announced construction of its first 300-mm facility in Hillsboro, Ore., which will
become operational in 2000 as a development pilot line; it will be eventually converted into volume manufacturing a
couple years later.