Seven billion dollars.

That’s the amount that Intel is going to spend in the US alone on bringing up its 32nm manufacturing process in 2009 and 2010.

These are the fabs Intel is converting to 32nm:

In Oregon Intel has the D1D fab which is already producing 32nm parts, and D1C which is scheduled to start 32nm production at the end of this year. Then two fabs in Arizona: Fab 32 and Fab 11X. Both of them come on line in 2010.

By the end of next year the total investment just to enable 32nm production in the US will be approximately eight billion dollars. In a time where all we hear about are bailouts, cutbacks and recession, this is welcome news.

If anything, Intel should have a renewed focus on competition given that its chief competitor finally woke up. That focus is there. The show must go on. 32nm will happen this year. Let’s talk about how.

The Manufacturing Roadmap
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  • tacoburrito - Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - link

    I fail to see the purpose of introducing the 6 core/Gulfstream. Most software could barely take advantage of 4 core, let alone 6. It seems like Intel just want to brag they can cram many cores into a single package without evidence that 6 cores will improve performance. It's almost like the mhz wars from the 1990s. Instead of spending time on a 6 core chip, why couldn't they just bring out Sandy Bridge earlier? Reply
  • aeternitas - Friday, February 13, 2009 - link

    It cant be that the applications that DO have multicore support arnt professional apps that small and large businesses use to make money now could it?

    Simple because Intel doesn't cater to your browsing and downloading torrents needs doesn't mean its not a good idea to get the ball rolling.

    Oh and hmm, lets see why don't they just go strait to Sandy Bridge that's a good one hmmm maybe its because they DONT HAVE TO. AMD is 18 months behind.
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  • 7Enigma - Thursday, February 12, 2009 - link

    Check back a couple pages, I think we posted exactly the same thing, as I completely agree with you. :)

    The only thing I can think of is since the server market pays the bills in a sense they are tailoring the chip for that purpose and just making a consumer level chip that will still be tops but probably not as nice in most instances as a faster quad.
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  • pattycake0147 - Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - link

    On the first page the article talks about two Arizona fabs, but the picture indicates that there is one Arizona fab and one New Mexico fab. So which is correct? Reply
  • scruffypup - Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - link

    If I remember right (living here in the Phoenix area), there are 3 buildings in Chandler at the site,... 2 of them will be coverted over to the 32nm process, the 3rd building is no longer going to be used apparently,.... or will use the 3rd for something else,...

    http://www.intel.com/community/arizona/index.htm">http://www.intel.com/community/arizona/index.htm

    http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/business/...">http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepubli.../2009/02...

    "Specifically, Intel is upgrading two of its three manufacturing plants, called "fabs," at its Ocotillo campus in Chandler to make 32-nanometer-size chips."
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  • INDVote - Thursday, February 12, 2009 - link

    No, only one fab in AZ is being converted, Intel's newest Fab 32. They are not closing any one or both other buildings. They appear to be "merging" two of them.

    F11X is in New Mexico, and will be converted over. There are no plant closings in NM.

    D1D and D1C are both at the same location in Oregon and are being converted.
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  • pattycake0147 - Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - link

    However, the three buildings combined are called Fab 32. Fab 11X as chopshiy pointed out is in New Mexico. The article isn't referring to individual buildings, but sets of buildings.

    Thanks chopshiy, I didn't see your post earlier.
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  • vlado08 - Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - link

    I am wondering about the integrated graphics in Clarkdale/Arrandale will it be DirectX 11 compliant? Is it going to be better than GMA X4500? What about h264 acceleration, 8 channel LPCM support and working 24p? Reply
  • chophshiy - Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - link

    11X is in New Mexico as the caption on the pic says. Specifically Rio Rancho, NM, near Albuquerque. It's OK, you'd be surprised how many times I've spoken with someone in the US on the phone that told me I was calling the wrong number, since they don't support locations outside the US. Go American education!
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  • philosofool - Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - link

    Does anyone know what the lifespan of LGA 1156 will be? Is intel expected to change sockets again when we reach Sandy Bridge? Is there any chance that I will have be able to get one mother board to last me several years? Reply

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