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Intel to Build New State-of-the-Art Fab

Intel announced it will begin construction of a new $5 billion fab in Chandler, Ariz. that will build chips on 14-nanometer process technology.

The new facility, designated Fab 42, will be the most advanced, high-volume semiconductor manufacturing facility in the world, according to Intel. Construction of the fab is expected to begin in mid-2011 and be completed in 2013.

Brian Krzanich, senior vice president and general manager of manufacturing and supply chain for Intel, said the new fab will begin operations on a process that will allow creation of transistors "with a minimum feature size of 14 nanometers."

The use of the 14-nanometer process will enable Intel to manufacture more powerful and efficient computer chips. A nanometer is one ninety-thousandth the width of a human hair.

"The products based on these leading-edge chips will give consumers unprecedented levels of performance and power efficiency across a range of computing devices from high-end servers to ultra-sleek portable devices," said Krzanich.

Intel reported 75 percent of its sales come from outside the United States, but the company manufactures 75 percent of its microprocessors in the US.

Fab 42 will use 300mm wafers.