In context: We know that as part of its IDM 2.0 initiative, Intel is aiming to compete with semiconductor manufacturing giants TSMC, Samsung, and other rivals by 2025. To achieve this goal, it is building a megafabrication in the US to be big: it costs between $ 60 billion and $ 120 billion and creates tens of thousands of jobs.
In March, CEO Pat Gelsinger announced that Intel would open up its current and planned manufacturing capacity to other chipmakers through the launch of Intel Foundry Services (IFS); Its first customers will be Qualcomm and Amazon, the maker of the Snapdragon SoC. The company also plans to build a new mega-factory in a location yet to be decided in the US.
In an interview with the Washington Post, Gelsinger revealed some details of this project. It will be a huge site consisting of six to eight fabulous modules, each costing between $ 10 billion and $ 15 billion. That means the final cost of construction will be between $ 60 billion and $ 120 billion.
“It’s a project for the next decade on the order of $ 100 billion of capital, 10,000 direct jobs. 100,000 jobs are created as a result of those 10,000, in our experience. So, essentially, we want to build a small town.” Gelsinger said.
Intel is still considering multiple sites in various states as potential mega-fabulous locations. Not only do you have to consider energy, water and environmental factors, but you also want the project to be close to a university to attract qualified staff.
There were some details that Gelsinger did not disclose, including the nodes that the initial megafabrication module will support. With operations expected to begin in 2024, we can wait for Intel 4 (formerly known as 7nm) and Intel 3 (7+) before moving on to their more advanced 20A process, the first from the company to use their “RibbonFET” version. by Gate. -All-Around Transistor (GAA).
Gelsinger also mentioned the CHIPS Act, which would provide tax incentives and fund chip R&D to support semiconductor manufacturing in the United States. “Go fast!” urged lawmakers. “Let’s get this into law because I want to build factories much faster than we can today.”