Intel 45nm fab to open in 45 days

Intel's first manufacturing facility for producing 45-nanometer processors in high volume will open in October in Chandler, Ariz.

SAN FRANCISCO--In 45 days, Intel will open its first high-volume facility for building chips that use a 45-nanometer manufacturing process.

A dime sits atop a wafer of processors built with Intel's 45-nanometer manufacturing process. Intel

The facility, called Fab 32, is a new one built in Chandler, Ariz., said spokesman Nick Knupffer, in an interview here at the VMworld conference. Most of Intel's current chips are built with a process that permits 65-nanometer circuitry elements, but the new 45-nanometer process will mean more circuits can fit on the same area of silicon wafer.

Intel currently builds 45-nanometer processors at its D1D facility in Oregon, but Fab 32 will be geared for high-volume manufacturing.

Intel rival Advanced Micro Devices has just begun its transition to 65-nanometer processors.

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