Intel has celebrated the opening of a major $3 billion expansion of its D1X factory in Oregon, USA, which will be used to design and manufacture advanced new devices processors and chip technologies.
As part of the expansion, the 500-acre campus was renamed Gordon Moore Park, after the man who predicted in 1965 that the number of transistors on a chip would double every year and the cost per unit would halve.
In addition to increasing Intel’s manufacturing capacity, the expansion will play a critical role in the company’s research and development (R&D) efforts, with the goal of taking Moore’s Law far into the future.
New Intel campus
In early 2021, Intel released an overhaul of its integrated device manufacturing strategy, which the company dubbed IDM 2.0. The overall goal is to position Intel at the forefront of chip design and manufacturing at a time of unprecedented demand.
The expansion of DX1 will give Intel an additional 270,000 square feet of clean room space to help develop next-generation process nodes, transistor architectures and packaging technologies that the company says will form the basis of new chips for personal and consumer use business computer5G networks, Cloud server and more.
“Since its founding, Intel has been committed to the relentless advancement of Moore’s Law. This new factory space will strengthen our ability to deliver the accelerated process roadmap needed to support our bold IDM 2.0 strategy,” said the company’s CEO, Pat Gelsinger, at the dedication ceremony.
“Oregon has long been at the heart of our global semiconductor research and development, and I can think of no better way to honor Gordon Moore’s legacy than to lend his name to this campus, which, like him, has played such a tremendous role in advancing our industry has played. ”
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The Oregon campus upgrade is one of several recent multi-billion dollar investments aimed at increasing Intel’s manufacturing capacity and pace of innovation.
In January, the company announced that this would be the case inject $20 billion on a state-of-the-art manufacturing campus in Ohio, USA. This 1,000-acre “mega-site” will house up to eight separate factories, making it one of the largest facilities in the world.
Meanwhile, Intel announced plans to do so last month invest tens of billions into a litany of semiconductor manufacturing projects across Europe, the largest of which will channel €17 billion into a new facility in Germany that will produce world-class chips for both Intel itself and Intel Foundry Services (IFS) customers.
The company also recently acquired Tower Semiconductor for approximately $5.4 billion, a move aimed at expanding the IFS portfolio with process technologies for specialized but high-growth markets such as automotive, medical and aerospace.
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