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- Intel Invests $3.5 Billion in New Mexico Operations (Press Kit)
- Intel’s Manufacturing Site Expansions and Investments (Fact Sheet)
- 10nm, Creative Improvements Expand Intel Manufacturing Capacity
- Intel Celebrates Manufacturing Day 2020
- Intel and Sandia National Labs Collaborate on Neuromorphic Computing (Jeff Rittener Editorial)
- Building a Future for Semiconductor Manufacturing in America
- Intel Wins US Government Advanced Packaging Project
- Intel’s Biggest Water Facility Hits a Milestone: 1 Billion Gallons Recycled
- Investing in Intel’s Manufacturing to Win in Product Leadership
- Taller than the Statue of Liberty: ‘Big Blue’ Helps Intel Expand D1X
- A Critical Opportunity for US Semiconductor Competitiveness
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- Infographic: Semiconductors Are Everywhere
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- Intel Manufacturing B-Roll Videos and Photos
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Automated Material-Handling System
Travel Intel’s Autonomous Superhighway
It has more than 27 miles of multilevel thoroughfares on which 1,700 autonomous vehicles shuttle Intel’s most precious cargo. It’s the automated material-handling system – or AMHS – at Intel’s D1 factory in Hillsboro, Oregon. Intel runs overhead transport systems like this in every one of its six chip fabs worldwide. The boxes scooting along on the overhead tracks are front-opening unified pods – or FOUPs – that carry as many as 25 wafers, each containing hundreds of Intel® chips, on their weekslong fabrication journey starting as blank silicon discs.
Oregon’s wafer superhighway connects nine buildings, including the D1X and D1D factories. The two factories together are a little larger than 12 U.S. football fields. Take a quick 2-minute tour around Oregon’s D1 factory — captured before pandemic recommendations for social distancing took effect — to learn more about what AMHS leader Mutaz Haddadin calls the “heartbeat and blood flow of the fab.”
Intel’s Fab 42 in Arizona
Intel’s Fab 42: A Peek Inside One of the World’s Most Advanced Factories
One of the largest construction projects in the U.S. with almost 6,000 workers is underway on Intel’s Ocotillo campus in Arizona. Intel is outfitting Fab 42 with 1,300 tools (many of them requiring multiple trucks to move), a super overhead highway that zips silicon wafers around all four of the company’s Arizona factories, and a 12-acre water plant that will treat 9.1 million gallons of wastewater a day.
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Intel’s Masking Operation
Intel Mask Operation: An Inside Look at a Critical Manufacturing Step
Around the corner from Intel’s Santa Clara, California, headquarters is an unassuming building that houses a critically important step in the process of manufacturing chips: the Intel Mask Operation.
What’s a mask? It’s a six-by-six-inch piece of quartz, a quarter-inch thick, that is used as the template to print circuitry onto a silicon wafer. To create a mask, engineers use computerized drawings from chip designers that are the blueprints for Intel processors and their billions of transistors.
Without the Intel Mask Operation, the company’s factories in Oregon, Arizona, Ireland and Israel would be unable to create a single processor. It takes 70 flawless masks to print the many layers of a single Intel 14nm die.
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