Construction at Intel’s massive D1X computer chip development fab in Hillsboro, Ore is a multi-billion dollar facility expected to be the first 14nm factory in the world. Putting cutting edge manufacturing in the U.S. manufacturing, Intel has invested billions of dollars at this site over the past several years where the company’s leading- edge silicon R&D teams define and develop the recipes for manufacturing Intel chips in other production factories around the world. Construction is expected to continue with yet another expansion targeted to support the company’s 450mm wafer technology.
Amid swirling debate over the strengths of fabs versus fabless chipmakers, shrinking geometries and node transitions, VLSI Research analyst Dan Hutcheson shares his perspective on the industry today, the future of Moore’s Law and the transition to 450-milimeter wafers.
THE first industrial revolution began in Britain in the late 18th century, with the mechanisation of the textile industry. Tasks previously done laboriously by hand in hundreds of weavers’ cottages were brought together in a single cotton mill, and the factory was born. The second industrial revolution came in the early 20th century, when Henry Ford mastered the moving assembly line and ushered in the age of mass production. The first two industrial revolutions made people richer and more urban. Now a third revolution is under way. Manufacturing is going digital.
President Obama amid the giant cranes at Intel’s state-of-the-art chip manufacturing plant under construction in Chandler, Arizona on January 26, 2012.
A closer look at the enormous cranes that gave a lift to another cutting-edge Intel Fab in Hillsboro, Oregon.