Intel announced in February, 2011 plans to invest more than $5 billion to build a new chip manufacturing facility at its site in Chandler, Ariz. that would have a 14 nanometer process. Intel’s new Arizona factory, designated Fab 42, will be a 300-mm plant. It will also be compatible for 450-mm-if or when that wafer size is ready, according to the chip giant. Fab 42 will process wafers at the 14-nm node-and perhaps beyond. This is said to be the world’s most advanced fab. Construction of the new fab is expected to begin in the middle of this year and is expected to be completed in 2013
The 14nm fabrication node will start as soon as 2013, while the 10nm process is expected in 2015 and both the 14 nm and 10 nm processes will feature the Tri-Gate 3D transistor design which allows for more energy efficient processors to be built. 2015 will mark the introduction of the company’s 10nm fabrication technology, that is also known internally under the “P1274” process name.
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