SAN JOSE, Calif. – Reports are surfacing that Intel Corp. will announce a new fab on Tuesday (Oct. 19).
The new fab will be located in Oregon, according to The Oregonian. These reports can be seen hereand here.
It’s unclear if the fab is a 300-mm plant or an R&D facility. Many believe it’s an R&D facility. Some think it’s a facility to explore both 300- and 450-mm technology. Intel, TSMC and Samsung are pushing the industry for 450-mm fabs, it was noted.
Intel has been constructing this facility for some time. When asked about those reports last month, a spokesman from Intel said: ''There are no announced plans to build any new fabs. These stories fall into the category of speculation. As you know we constantly do contingency planning but we’ve got nothing to say about speculation like this.''
This may just be an Intel smokescreen to hide their $2.5 billion FAB they built in Dalian China and starting operation this month. In addition Intel invested another $ 1.0 billion in Vietnam to build a assembly/test facility there. More job creation in far away places while Silicon Valley semiconductor industry is dying.
I figure Intel feels it best not to respond to a rumor if it's a couple of days ahead of reality, several months ahead of reality, or infinitely far from reality. It's a big company and there are probably lots and lots of rumors stemming from various motivations of the rumormonger. They also could probably spend a lot of unnecessary energy responding and then they'd be stuck since NOT responding to a particular rumor (after responding to others) would, to some, be considered a response in its own right.
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