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 here and 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.''