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Intel chair, Israel PM review Fab 28 progress

Posted: 30 Jan 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Intel Fab 28  Israel wafer fab  Numonyx 

Intel Corp. chairman Craig Barrett flew to Israel on Jan. 27, for a one-day visit during which he met with Israel's prime minister Ehud Olmert and reviewed Intel's worldwide and local activities.

Barrett discussed the advancement of the building of Intel's Fab 28 in Kiryat Gat in southern Israel. The wafer fab is expected to receive an investment of around Rs.15,791.36 crore ($4 billion) from Intel, with addition support worth about Rs.2,072.62 crore ($525 million) coming from the government of Israel. Fab 28 is set to manufacture at the 45nm manufacturing node on 300mm diameter wafers. The plant is expected to ramp up to reach volume production in mid-2009.

Set to cover an area of 130,000m² in four buildings, including 20,000m² of class 10 clean rooms, Fab 28 is Israel's largest construction project. The fab is expected to generate exports worth Rs.11,843.52 crore ($3 billion) annually.

Numonyx, the flash memory venture being created by the sale of memory operations by Intel and STMicroelectronics, is set to become the owner of Intel's first fab in Kiryat Gat, Fab 18. Fab 18 opened in 1999 and it now employs more than 2,000 people. The plant currently manufactures processors using 0.18µ technology. Built with a total investment of Rs.6,316.54 crore ($1.6 billion)—Rs.3,947.84 crore ($1 billion) invested by Intel and the rest by the government of Israel—the manufacturing plant includes a 9,000m² clean room.

Intel has been operating in Israel since 1974. It has five development centres (Haifa, Yakum, Jerusalem, Petach Tikva and Yokneam) and it employs over 7,000 people directly, as well as stimulating the employment of several thousand external workers. Intel Israel was the company's first development centre outside the United States.

The chip giant's development centre in Haifa led the invention and development of the Intel Pentium processor with MMX technology, launched in early 1997, the Intel Centrino Mobile Technology, launched in early 2003, and continues to develop Intel's microprocessors for mobile applications. The Haifa centre also played a pivotal role in the development of Intel's Penryn processor. Intel's design and development centre in Petach Tikva employs approximately 500 people developing products for the future cellular market (2.5G, 3G). The centre develops wireless handheld communication devices that combine multimedia, voice communications and Internet access capabilities onto one chip using 0.13- and 0.09µ technology.

- Amir Ben-Artzi
EE Times

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