By Mohsen Alavi and Peter Charvat
On behalf of Intel, we proudly join the U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers in celebration of National Manufacturing Day on Friday.
Since Intel’s inception 50 years ago, manufacturing has been at the heart of what we do and we have been committed to manufacturing in America. Today, Intel remains one of the only U.S. technology companies that has kept the majority of its advanced manufacturing and research and development in the U.S.
Every day, our talented teams work to make astounding technical breakthroughs to create the next generation of technologies. Over the years, we’ve been privileged to witness the development of some of the greatest advances that have profoundly changed the world.
In April 1969, less than a year after operations began in California, Intel introduced its first product: the 64-bit 3101 bipolar static random access memory. It was faster and more powerful than anything on the market, and Intel’s remarkable technical achievement signaled to the world that it would be a leader in bringing innovative technology and manufacturing processes to the forefront of the semiconductor industry.
What began as a small operation in Fab 1 in Mountain View, California, five decades ago has grown into a manufacturing and engineering powerhouse. Intel is one of the world’s largest and most successful semiconductor companies. Intel’s state-of-the-art fabrication facilities, or fabs, are among the most advanced manufacturing facilities in the world.
The scale of the modern-day fab operation is stunning, even to us. Both of us began our careers on the Oregon campus, starting in a single fab of less than 100,000 square feet. Thirty years later, multiple large buildings now are linked together with clean automation systems to form factories with roughly 1 million square feet of clean room space.
As the number of players with a leading-edge logic fab has shrunk from 25 in 2003 to just four today, Intel continues to grow, delivering record revenue and contributing billions of dollars to the economy.
Last year, Intel invested billions of dollars in research and development, making it one of the largest R&D investors among U.S. companies. Intel received the third-most patents in the United States in 2017, with more than 3,700 newly granted U.S. patents in its portfolio, which totals more than 28,000 active U.S. patents. Our R&D investments drive breakthroughs in engineering and manufacturing that enable Intel to create the cutting-edge products and technologies that power and connect billions of devices and the infrastructure of the smart, connected world.
When we joined Intel in the mid ’80s, the industry’s big challenge was developing a “sub-micron” technology. Fast-forward to today, and our focus on 10- and 7-nanometer technologies shows the amazing journey – one we feel privileged and take great pride in being a part of.
In support of National Manufacturing Day, as Intel celebrates its proud heritage, a half-century of innovation and our commitment to manufacturing excellence, we want to recognize all our manufacturing employees for their many contributions to Intel’s success, especially right now when we are facing capacity constraints that demand our best efforts to address. Keeping our fabs running smoothly 365 days a year despite all the challenges of manufacturing some of the most complex products on the planet is a testament to their skill, talent and passion.
Amazing things happen at Intel because of our amazing people. Our co-workers represent the best of Intel, and we’re proud to be part of this exceptional team.
Mohsen Alavi is vice president and general manager of Assembly Test Manufacturing in the Technology and Manufacturing Group at Intel Corporation.
Peter Charvat is corporate vice president and general manager of Fab-Sort Manufacturing in the Technology and Manufacturing Group at Intel Corporation.
Image Caption: Peter Charvat (left) and Mohsen Alavi stand with an atom probe, a tool used in the micro-inspection of transistor surfaces, in an Intel laboratory in Hillsboro, Oregon. (Credit: Walden Kirsch/Intel Corporation)