updated 10:45 am EDT, Tue October 19, 2010
Intel adds US plant and moving to 22nm
Intel stepped up its chip production on Tuesday with plans to open a new US fabrication plant. The Oregon factory should be ready in 2013 and will primarily produce chips for research and development as Intel advances its designs. The fab as well as other efforts should lead to about 800 to 1,000 new jobs.
Along with the new testing plant, the company is upgrading four plans in Arizona and Oregon to make shipping processors based on its upcoming 22 nanometer process (pictured below). The chip die shrink will lower the power and heat output of chips further still and should lead to both faster chips as a whole as well as notebook chips that last longer and run without as much cooling.
The first chips based on the new process should be Ivy Bridge, a refinement of the 32nm Sandy Bridge architecture. Ivy Bridge isn't due until late 2011 where Sandy Bridge will be ready at the start of that same year.