In letter : Intel is set to announce plans to build a $20 billion chip-making complex in New Albany, outside Columbus, Ohio, as the company seeks to reduce dependence on the United States. United towards foreign chipmakers while putting in place long-term strategies to fight the chip shortage. .
The Columbus site, part of Intel’s IDM 2.0 strategy, will initially consist of two chip factories on the 1,000-acre land and will directly employ 3,000 people. the New York Times writes that it will also create additional jobs in construction and nearby businesses.
Intel said construction on the site will begin this year and the factory should be operational by 2025. The company has the option to expand to 2,000 acres and up to eight fabs. “We hope this will become the largest silicon manufacturing site on the planet,” said Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger. Time. “We helped establish Silicon Valley,” he said. “Now we’re going to do the Silicon Heartland.”
Gelsinger, who recently proclaimed AMD “is in the rearview mirror” after the Alder Lake exit, has long warned of over-reliance on Taiwanese chipmaking (TSMC, in particular) in the face of growing aggression from China in the region. “Beijing sent 27 fighter jets to the Taiwan Air Defense Identification Zone […] Does it make you more or less comfortable?” he said in December. The CEO also called on the US government to spend the $52 billion he has set aside for funding the semiconductors exclusively on domestic companies.
Intel plans to spend $25-28 billion on chipmaking in 2022 after a huge spending spree. The company opened two advanced chip fabs in Arizona in September; it invested $7 billion in a new manufacturing hub in Malaysia; invest $3.5 billion in New Mexico operations; and its $7 billion Fab 34 production plant in Ireland received its first equipment last week.
TSMC, which recently reported record profits, said it would spend $44 billion to upgrade capacity in 2022, more than Intel. The Taiwanese company has reportedly increased customer quotes for its 7nm and 5nm processes for customers, which could lead to higher CPU and GPU prices, although Intel should be the least affected given that the company owns his own fabs.
Intel confirmed the Ohio factory plans to Time ahead of its official announcement via a webcast that will take place at 11:30 a.m. PST today (Friday, January 21).
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