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This article was published on October 26, 2010

Intel completes and opens $2.5 billion chip factory in China

Intel completes and opens $2.5 billion chip factory in China
Chad Catacchio
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Chad Catacchio is a contributor writing on a variety of topics in tech. He has held management positions at a number of tech companies in th Chad Catacchio is a contributor writing on a variety of topics in tech. He has held management positions at a number of tech companies in the US and China. Check out his personal blog to connect with him or follow him on Twitter (if you dare).

Intel has completed and opened its $2.5 billion chip factory in Dalian, China, the chipmaker’s first such facility in Asia.

The factory, which was announced back in 2007, is Intel’s first built-from-ground-up-factory since 1992 (its easier/cheaper to just buy/move into an existing facility apparently). The factory is already fully operational and is producing 12-inch (300-millimeter) silicon wafers for PC, laptops, etc. However, Intel is restricted from using its most advanced technologies in China, and is using a 65-nanometer (i.e. one billionth of a meter) tech, instead of the 22 nanometer tech it is using in the US.

Intel has invested a whopping $4.7 billion into China so far, with the factory – which is the size of 23 football fields inside – the bulk of the investment.