Intel Corp. plans to invest US$650 million to increase output at an
existing chip factory in New Mexico in order to reduce costs and better
meet customer requirements, the company said.
Early next year, the world’s largest chip maker plans to begin
installing advanced 300-millimeter wafer production equipment at the
Rio Rancho facility, which drastically reduces the cost of a
microprocessor. The company estimates it can produce more than double
the number of chips on one 300mm (12-inch) silicon wafer than on an
older 200mm (8-inch) wafer.
The new 300mm factories are also more environmentally friendly, the
company said, using 40 percent less energy and water per chip than
The factory addition will begin production in early 2007, and create 300 new manufacturing jobs in New Mexico, Intel said.
The company said it has four factories producing chips on 300mm wafers
today, including the New Mexico facility, two plants in Oregon, and one
In July, Intel announced plans to build its next 300mm factory in
Chandler, Arizona. The new plant is scheduled for completion in the
second half of 2007 at a cost of $3 billion.
By Dan Nystedt – IDG News Service (Taipei Bureau)