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Intel opens Vietnamese testing facility

Intel opens Vietnamese testing facility

Intel has announced the opening of a new testing facility in Vietnam, its biggest anywhere in the world.

Intel is expanding its facilities world-wide, announcing the opening of its biggest ever chip testing facility in Vietnam at a cost of $1 billion.

The facility, located in the Saigon Hi-Tech Park in Ho Chi Minh City, measure 46,000 square meters, making it the company's biggest testing and assembly facility anywhere in the world, comes just days after the company opened a 300mm fabrication plant in Dalian, China that cost $2.5 billion to build.

The new Vietnamese facility will be used to test and package chips produced elsewhere for markets world-wide, with Intel claiming that it will create 'thousands' of new jobs in the area.

The investment in both the Chinese and Vietnamese facilities by Intel, both of which started life back in 2007 before opening their doors officially this week, marks some of Intel's most major facilities investment in recent years.

The company isn't stopping there, however: as we reported earlier this month, it also plans to invest up to $8 billion in new and improved 22nm manufacturing facilities ahead of the launch if its 'Ivy Bridge' line of processors.

The news also follows the opening of OCZ's new SSD facility in Taiwan, suggesting that tech firms are recovering nicely from the worrying times of the global economic crash of recent years.

Are you pleased to see Intel investing in new facilities, or just wondering where all this money is coming from? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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Instagib 1st November 2010, 10:39 Quote
There is no wonder where the money is coming from with intel posting record profits last quater. If the investment was made in 2007 though, doesn't that pre-date the economic crisis?

AMD are gonna find it harder and harder to compete in the future.
Redbeaver 1st November 2010, 12:52 Quote
how can those intel workers eat their Pho with their full suit on?
BRAWL 1st November 2010, 15:02 Quote
Sucks to be AMD right now...
thelaw 1st November 2010, 15:23 Quote
AMD will have to pull a rabbit out of the Hat or they will be done...its a bill gates microsoft all over again with intel...they will be the only supplier of decent CPUs shortly.
The_Beast 1st November 2010, 15:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by BRAWL
Sucks to be AMD right now...


And the consumer, if Intel is in a one horse race, they can do whatever they want with the prices


In otherwords SCREW US OUT OF OUR MONIES
Snips 1st November 2010, 18:19 Quote
Let's be brutally honest here, they've had no competition for quite a few years now. So why haven't they started over charging already?
thehippoz 1st November 2010, 18:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by Redbeaver
how can those intel workers eat their Pho with their full suit on?

hehe yeah really

too bad they couldn't build the plants here.. oh yeah I forgot
Technobod 1st November 2010, 19:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by Snips
Let's be brutally honest here, they've had no competition for quite a few years now. So why haven't they started over charging already?

imo, they have been for a while...
Snips 1st November 2010, 19:16 Quote
£75 for the i3 - 540, £135 for i5 - 760 and £215 for i7 - 950.

The equivilant AMD is similarly priced but in direct comparison under performing. I take it you want your CPU's for free?
Optimaximal 1st November 2010, 20:56 Quote
People, we're missing the real question here...

Why are they testing these things on the Vietnamese?!
cheeriokilla 1st November 2010, 21:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by Optimaximal
People, we're missing the real question here...

Why are they testing these things on the Vietnamese?!

They're the only ones born with the right socket to test em on...
Cthippo 2nd November 2010, 05:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by Optimaximal
People, we're missing the real question here...

Why are they testing these things on the Vietnamese?!

Despite the humorous intent, it's a good question.

Why Vietnam?

Answer: price

So far China has been the high-tech center and Vietnam and Malaysia have been the cheap places to manufacture, but were not thought of as being capable of this quality of work. Intel's trying to see if they can develop the technical capability so that in the future they can move more of their production to Vietnam to take advantage of the cheaper labor costs.
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