Intel's new fab tips processor balance in favour of 65nm

Intel is now making more than half of its PC and server microprocessors using 65nm technology, it said at the opening of a new chip fab in Ireland.

Intel is now making more than half of its PC and server microprocessors using 65-nanometer technology.

The company made the announcement at the opening of a chip fabrication plant in Ireland. It is one of three Intel factories around the world using the 65nm technology, which enables the production of smaller, faster, less power-hungry chips compared to those manufactured using older technologies. The 65nm figure is a measure of the average size of features on the chip. One nanometre is one-billionth of a meter.

Much of the industry is moving toward this technology, but Intel was ahead of the pack in producing the microprocessors in large quantities, and the $US2 billion plant, located in the countryside outside of Dublin, was now operating at high volume, Intel executives said.

Intel would continue to invest heavily in the latest technologies, and in building new plants, an executive said.

"The cost of not enough capacity is enormously greater than too of much capacity," vice-president of sales and marketing, and general manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa for Intel, Gordon Graylish, said.

Intel has operated in Ireland since 1989, and announced its plan to build the new plant there in 2004, amid controversy. At the time, the European Commission objected to incentives that the Irish government offered Intel to locate the plant in Ireland. Since then, Intel has chosen Israel and the US to build cutting-edge manufacturing facilities.

"It's important that Europe competes for investments like this," CEO of Industrial Development Agency Ireland, a government body that encourages foreign investment in Ireland, Sean Dorgan, said. However, he warned that trying to regulate competition for investment between European countries could drive investors to look outside the European Union for a better deal.

Taiwanese contract chip maker, United Microelectronics, said this week it was also making chips with 65nm technology. It has already produced chips for two customers, and expected to be making them for 10 customers by the end of the third quarter.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Nancy Gohring

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?