Intel breaks ground on $20bn computer chip factories in Chandler

Intel Corporation has started construction on a couple of new computer chip factories dubbed Fab 52 and Fab 62 at its Ocotillo campus in Chandler, Arizona.

The two new semiconductor fabs, which will see an investment of $20 billion, are expected to strengthen the leadership of the US in the semiconductor industry, while helping in bringing geographical balance to the global supply chain.

Following the addition of Fab 52 and Fab 62, Intel’s Ocotillo campus will take its fab count to half a dozen.

The new investment will generate over 3,000 high-tech jobs along with 3,000 construction roles. Besides, it will support a projected 15,000 additional indirect jobs in the local community, said Intel.

Fab 52 and Fab 62 are expected to become fully operational in 2024. They will be used for manufacturing the most advanced process technologies of Intel, which include Intel 20A that features the new RibbonFET and PowerVia innovations.

Intel senior vice president Keyvan Esfarjani (from left), Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey during the ground breaking ceremony of the computer chip factories in Chandler.

Intel senior vice president Keyvan Esfarjani (from left), Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey during the ground breaking ceremony of the computer chip factories in Chandler. Photo courtesy of Intel Corporation.

Pat Gelsinger — Intel CEO said: “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.”

Intel said that its new semiconductor fabs in Arizona will support the rising demand for its products apart from delivering committed capacity for the recently announced new business unit — Intel Foundry Services (IFS).

Randhir Thakur — Intel Foundry Services President said: “With Intel Foundry Services, Intel is opening its fab doors wide to serve the needs of foundry customers around the globe – many of whom are looking for more geographical balance in the semiconductor supply chain.

“Customers are enthusiastic about these capabilities. And we have plans for continued investments in the United States, but we can’t do it without government partnership to level the playing field.”

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