Intel Oregon Fab Expansion Rolls in Chipmaking Tool

As Intel Corporation aggressively ramps its worldwide manufacturing footprint, expansion at Intel’s Ronler Acres factory in Hillsboro, Oregon had a recent milestone. The massive US$3 billion Mod3 factory expansion rolled in its first tool, a thin film deposition tool. 

A typical Intel fab, once built out, is stuffed with about 1,200 chipmaking tools, many of them costing millions of dollars apiece.

A team inside Intel Oregon’s Ronler Acres Mod3 fab expansion begins to install the plant’s first chipmaking tool. When it’s completed in about six months, the US$3 billion fab will house about 1,500 tools. The Oregon expansion is part of Intel’s work to increase its chip manufacturing capacity worldwide. (Credit: Walden Kirsch/Intel Corporation)

The thin film deposition tool was carried aboard two semi-tractor trailers, Intel said in a statement. Once completed and hooked up, it will weigh 10 tons and will be joined by over a dozen more of the same tool by the time the Mod3 project is done, which is scheduled in six months’ time. 

To satisfy the mushrooming global demand for computer chips, Intel is either building or expanding factories in Arizona, New Mexico, Ireland, Israel, and Costa Rica. 

Earlier, Intel Chief Executive officer Pat Gelsinger was quoted as saying to stay tuned for more Intel fabs to roll out around the world.

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