Intel eyes $5 billion Arizona chip plant

The chip giant hopes to build the new facility by 2013.

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Intel plans to invest $5 billion to create an innovative chip plant in Arizona by 2013.

Construction should kick off in the middle of this year, it said in a statement. When completed, the plant will churn out next-generation 14-nanometer line-width transistors and microchip wafers of 300 millimeters.

Intel said in October it plans to spend $6 billion to $8 billion on high-tech manufacturing facilities in Arizona and Oregon, creating as many as 8,000 construction jobs.

In January, the world's largest chip maker unveiled its next-generation microchip, code-named Sandy Bridge, which it said will yield about a third of its corporate revenue in 2011.

About three-quarters of Intel's manufacturing takes place in the US. But it is expanding capacity around the world, including in Israel and China.

"The investment positions our manufacturing network for future growth," said Brian Krzanich, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's manufacturing and supply chain business. "This fab will begin operations on a process that will allow us to create transistors with a minimum feature size of 14 nanometers. For Intel, manufacturing serves as the underpinning for our business and allows us to provide customers and consumers with leading-edge products in high volume. The unmatched scope and scale of our investments in manufacturing help Intel maintain industry leadership and drives innovation."

He added: "The products based on these leading-edge chips will give consumers unprecedented levels of performance and power efficiency across a range of computing devices from high-end servers to ultra-sleek portable devices."

(Additional reporting by IT PRO)

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