Intel has submitted a proposal to the Irish authorities to broaden its manufacturing facility close to Leixlip. In line with the plans, Intel is investigating the development of a model new constructing – one bigger than its earlier proposal – which strongly means that the chipmaker would set up EUV lithography gear.
Intel acquired permission to construct its new manufacturing facility in 2017 on the west facet of the Leixlip campus. Nevertheless, the corporate by no means began building as a result of there was no strategic plan to extend manufacturing capability. Final yr, the corporate formally determined to considerably enhance its manufacturing capability by constructing new factories in Oregon, Eire and Israel, and to arrange its Fab 42 in Arizona. These enhancements are being made to extend Intel's capability for the upcoming 7nm course of, which relies on a mixture of DUV and EUV lithography instruments. First, nevertheless, Intel has to acquire the permission of the native authorities, which is why he not too long ago submitted his plans to the Kildare County Council and was picked up by a neighborhood newspaper.
The proposed manufacturing facility is anticipated to final 4 years and Intel will price round $ eight billion. The corporate expects the brand new manufacturing facility to make use of 1,600 folks after full commissioning. It will be important that this lengthy cycle implies that even when Intel began (and doubtless is not going to) later this yr, the manufacturing facility is not going to be prepared till 2023. Due to this fact, it’s usually anticipated that Intel will put together the manufacturing facility for 7nm EUV, if no more superior manufacturing processes. This new manufacturing facility joined Intel's present manufacturing facility in Leixlip, which is at present manufacturing chips utilizing the corporate's 14nm course of know-how.
After Intel formally submits its growth plans to the native authorities, it’ll take a while for approval to be granted. In line with the native media, Intel would due to this fact begin the precise building "subsequent yr or so". In fact, this presupposes that the plan even goes thus far; The formal submission of the plan doesn’t imply that Intel will construct the manufacturing facility as the corporate's intentions change with the market. Whereas Intel has a roadmap for increasing its world manufacturing community, it nonetheless must be accepted by native authorities earlier than the corporate can elevate cash for the challenge.
As I mentioned, the Irish manufacturing facility is the newest in a collection of manufacturing facility plans from Intel. Along with the 4 factories in Arizona, Eire, Israel and Oregon, Intel is in talks to construct one other $ 11 billion in Israel.