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Intel Pumps $2.7B Into Israeli Fab

Intel Pumps $2.7B Into Israeli Fab

Intel's fabrication facility at Kiryat Gat is to become the company's second 22nm shop.

Intel has confirmed its plans to put some of its massive profits from last year to use, investing up to $2.7 billion (£1.68 billion) in its south Israel fabrication facility in order to prepare it for 22nm chip production.

The investment, which will make the plant in Israel's Kiryat Gat the second of Intel's properties to be fully ready for 22nm production, will boost the facility's workforce by an estimated 1,000 over the next year. More importantly, however, it will also significantly enhance Intel's 22nm production volumes.

Work on upgrading the facility to the smaller process size is due to start immediately. Maxine Fassberg, general manager of Intel's Israeli operations, stated during a press conference that 'we are already in preparation for hiring, [and] we are scheduled to start production in December.'

The investment value is said to include a grant from the Israeli government of £131 million. This may be a comparative drop in the ocean, but it's still a welcoming hand from the country's government, and a sign that it clearly approves of Intel's move, despite Fassberg confirming that the company has no immediate plans to build additional facilities in Israel.

With 22nm production scheduled to start in December 2011, we could start seeing Intel's first 22nm chips in early 2012.

Are you pleased to see Intel continuing to upgrade its facilities to 22nm, or surprised that the Kiryat Gat fab is only the second of the company's properties to receive such an upgrade? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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Snips 18th January 2011, 12:24 Quote
How far are TSMC and GF away from 22nm at this moment in time? Do we have any timescales for their 22nm production?
SpAceman 18th January 2011, 12:25 Quote
I'm excited :D Bring on Ivy Bridge!
cgthomas 18th January 2011, 13:38 Quote
why Israel?
ChromeX 18th January 2011, 13:49 Quote
Because intel have had a fab over there for years, and upgrading one is FAR cheaper than building one from scratch
cgthomas 18th January 2011, 13:53 Quote
I see - I was thinking why not in Asia (since workforce is cheaper than in Israel)
javaman 18th January 2011, 13:54 Quote
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why Israel?

Government grants, skilled workforce. center of the known universe ie not far from turkey the gateway between east and west.
cool_dude 18th January 2011, 13:55 Quote
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why Israel?

cheaper than us/uk etc?
Xir 18th January 2011, 13:57 Quote
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why Israel?
They were the first foreign Intel facilities...
Linky, Intel Israel

The Israeli Intel facilities were the ones that developped the "Centrino", "core" and "Sandy Bridge" brand of processors.
Thus saving Intel from the disaster that was netburst-architecture.
And they could produce the "core" processors that used very little power because they are one of Intels premium fabs for small transistor nodes.
Xir 18th January 2011, 14:01 Quote
from said linky
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Today all Intel’s X86 chips are produced in and exported from Israel.
My, I didn't know that, is that true?
B1GBUD 18th January 2011, 14:27 Quote
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why Israel?

An abundance of sand?
Hakuren 18th January 2011, 14:54 Quote
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why Israel?

An abundance of sand?

If they need more sand then move it to Libya or Algeria. In 5 years they will import sand to Sahara. :evilgrin:
RonanH 18th January 2011, 15:31 Quote
They have a large manufacturing complex in Ireland too ;) Intel Ireland
schmidtbag 18th January 2011, 15:45 Quote
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why Israel?

An abundance of sand?

i thought the same thing haha.
Snips 18th January 2011, 16:00 Quote
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They have a large manufacturing complex in Ireland too ;) Intel Ireland

Not really known for it's sandy beaches Ireland though is it? It's on par with the UK for it's sunny climate. (I knew we should have all voted for the Monster Raving Looney Party, who wanted to tow the British Isles down to the med for a better summer. I'm sure Ireland would have come along for the ride)
Nikumba 18th January 2011, 16:11 Quote
Another advantage Israel has I believe is probably a lack of earthquakes

Kimbie
CM4786 18th January 2011, 16:25 Quote
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why Israel?

An abundance of sand?
I'll have you know that I live in Israel and that you mustn't forget the horrible drivers on the road and the "Tower of Babel"-like taxes. :)

BTW, although the X86 chips are made here, we still pay nearly TWICE the price per CPU compared to the US....
storm_temple 19th January 2011, 00:07 Quote
Israel.. yup the prophecies are fulfilling , we're gonna run out of sand
Nature 19th January 2011, 04:03 Quote
This is ridiculous! I can't believe how sand bias you guys are.
Nature 19th January 2011, 04:04 Quote
Also free Palestine.
Bindibadgi 19th January 2011, 04:46 Quote
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Also free Palestine.

Also, free Tibet :p

This isn't politics, this is tech.

FYI Israel universities are very good, and without the Israeli R&D centre you'd never have Pentium M CPUs, which means you'll also never have Core-series either. We'd be stuck using P4s. Political aspects aside, it does actually makes sense as Intel has been investing in Israel for many years with great results. Xir knows it!

Also, where else could you go to work in the tech industry packing a Glock?
Xir 19th January 2011, 08:24 Quote
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Also, where else could you go to work in the tech industry packing a Glock?
Austin, Texas :D

"An abundance of sand" Hmmm, that explains "Sandy Bridge" *Badum-Tush!!!*
B1GBUD 19th January 2011, 08:26 Quote
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Also, where else could you go to work in the tech industry packing a Glock?

How about here

What do I win? :D
impar 19th January 2011, 10:45 Quote
Greetings!
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Are you pleased to see Intel continuing to upgrade its facilities to 22nm, or surprised that the Kiryat Gat fab is only the second of the company's properties to receive such an upgrade? Share your thoughts over in the forums.
No, I am not pleased.
It is a disgrace that Intel installed itself there.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Faluja
ChromeX 19th January 2011, 11:24 Quote
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No, I am not pleased.
It is a disgrace that Intel installed itself there.

You better be trolling!
impar 19th January 2011, 12:11 Quote
Greetings!
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You better be trolling!
Am not. The choice of that location by Intel to put a fab is just a disgrace.
More here:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2002/07/08/BU162036.DTL
Snips 19th January 2011, 13:32 Quote
Sorry Impar but there really is no need for that here. This isn't the forum to air those views.
specofdust 19th January 2011, 13:58 Quote
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Greetings!

Am not. The choice of that location by Intel to put a fab is just a disgrace.
More here:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2002/07/08/BU162036.DTL

From that perspective, putting it anywhere in Israel is pretty much a disgrace. If you don't like Israel, don't buy products made there, simple as that.
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