Intel has now broken ground in Chandler, Arizona for their new fab. The $20 billion project is intending to create two production lines to be able to ramp up wafter production rapidly. The live stream has the CEO Pat Geisinger on hand to watch the men work.
“Today’s celebration marks an important milestone as we work to boost capacity and meet the incredible demand for semiconductors: the foundational technology for the digitization of everything. We are ushering in a new era of innovation – for Intel, for Arizona and for the world. This $20 billion expansion will bring our total investment in Arizona to more than $50 billion since opening the site over 40 years ago. As the only U.S.-based leading-edge chipmaker, we are committed to building on this long-term investment and helping the United States regain semiconductor leadership.”
–Pat Gelsinger, Intel CEO
The power plant in the background shows how much power is needed to run a semiconductor factory. With the new lines more power will be needed so the local utility has to cope with more power lines.
With the addition of the two new factories – to be named Fab 52 and Fab 62 – Intel’s Ocotillo campus will house a total of six fabs. The new investment will create more than 3,000 high-tech, high-wage Intel jobs, 3,000 construction jobs, and support an estimated 15,000 additional indirect jobs in the local community. When fully operational in 2024, the new fabs will manufacture Intel’s most advanced process technologies, including Intel 20A featuring the new RibbonFET and PowerVia innovations.
Arizona is Intel’s U.S. manufacturing powerhouse. For more than 40 years, Arizona has been vital to Intel’s ability to create world-changing technology. Intel is not only investing to advance the ecosystem of innovation, but the company is committed to protecting Arizona’s natural resources through its RISE strategy and sustainability efforts. For example, Intel has set an ambitious goal to achieve net positive water use by 2030. In 2020, the Arizona site returned and restored approximately 95% of the freshwater used in manufacturing to the community and local watersheds through innovative water management practices and investments.
Intel has a large amount of land in the area so its well suited to the industrial nature of semiconductors.