Intel announced today that its 10-year, $7 billion Fab 42 plant, which began construction in 2011, is fully operational and will significantly ease the current 10nm chip capacity crisis. Construction of the Arizona plant began in 2011 and was originally planned to produce 450mm wafers for the 14nm process, which was nearing completion as early as 2013.
In 2014, however, Intel was unsealed about the need for a 14nm chip. As planned, Intel will move to the 10nm process in 2016.
What Intel didn’t expect was that the 10nm process had been repeatedly delayed, and that the plant had not been completed, which had led to the 14nm chip being out of stock for quite some time.
Previously, Intel had a 10nm plant in Israel and Oregon, and with the start of production at the 10nm plant in Arizona, Intel now has three 10nm plants and a 10nm chip capacity increase of more than 50 per cent. Expected to be released soon.
The supply of 11th-generation Core Tiger Lake processors will be relatively plentiful, at least not 14nm and 10nm on the mobile side.