Intel Building $5 Billion, 14nm Fabrication Plant in Arizona

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Despite the fact that seventy-five percent of Intel’s CPU sales come from outside of the United States these days, the chip giant fabricates that same amount inside the U.S. To help with that effort, Intel is constructing Fab 42, a new 14nm plant, in Arizona.

The new facility, which is expected to cost Intel more than $5 billion over the course of its construction, will create thousands of construction and manufacturing jobs as its built and comes online.

Although construction will begin sometime this summer, the fabrication plan isn’t expected to fully come online until 2013. When it does, Intel will use it to construct chips on a 14nm manufacturing process.

That means that each CPU will possess transistors as small as 14nm – or a little over one six thousandth the width of a human hair.

Shrinking transistors and CPUs is one way companies can reduce power draw, and send some of their clock speeds skyrocketing.



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