As the global financial crisis continues, Intel said on Friday it was trying to find a way out of it. Giant announced plans for a new fab branch in Licking County, Ohio, near Columbus.
Intel made $ 20 billion to the new company, which Clock earlier reported will have a pair of fabs. Intel said on Friday that space will be available for six separate chimpmaking applications, although not all of them will be released immediately. In a statement, Dr. Randhir Thakur, vice president and chairman of Intel Foundry Services, said the new fabs will support Intel’s angstrom class fabs, including its new. Intel 18A manufacturing process. Intel’s new Fab Ohio will run by 2025, Intel said, while the 18A process is expected to be on line.
Intel has fabs scattered all over the world — from Israel to Ireland — although many of its manufacturing facilities are located in the United States in places such as Hillsboro, Oregon; Chandler, Arizona; and Rio Rancho, New Mexico. The new Fab Ohio will build “Silicon Heartland,” adding an estimated 3,000 jobs to the area.
Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger has referred to in-house chipmaking as opposed to bases in Taiwan and elsewhere — as both important for U.S. policy and U.S. security interests. Gelsinger has also criticized the US government for failing to help the United States, as have other governments. Although the U.S. Senate has passed the CHIPS Act, authorizing $ 52 billion in federal funding for semiconductor production, it has not yet passed the US House.
Intel’s announcement, therefore, could be seen as a push to force that size as well. “Ohio is the perfect location for Intel’s US expansion due to access to top talent, strong infrastructure, and a long history as a manufacturing company,” Gelsinger said in a statement. “The size and speed of Intel’s expansion in Ohio, however, will depend on funding from the CHIPS Act.”
The new Fab, however, is unlikely to reduce the ongoing crippling shortage, which has hit companies from PCs to cars, and is expected to run wide by 2022 according to the big TSMC. Intel production from the Ohio fab company will be online for many years after the shortage is expected to decrease.
Instead, Intel’s new fab will be used both for its own production and part of its basic services provided to third parties. Intel says in 2021 it expects to move chips to Qualcomm and Amazon, among others.
As senior editor at PCWorld, Mark focuses on Microsoft news and technology, among other things. It is already written for PCMag, BYTE, Slashdot, eWEEK, and ReadWrite.