The first tool in the $7bn construction of Fab 34 is a lithography resist track shown being wheeled in to the clean room. The tool provides precision coating of wafers with resist before alignment and exposure inside an extreme ultraviolet (EUV) scanner.
This will enable Fab 34 to manufacture Intel’s 7nm manufacturing process, which has been dubbed ‘Intel 4’, when it goes online in 2023. Work on Fab 34 started in 2019, which is set to double Intel Ireland’s manufacturing space and will provide key leading edge process technology in Europe.
Intel’s expansion in Ireland is part of the company’s global factory build-out. Intel has tens of billions of dollars of new manufacturing infrastructure in the works in Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon and Malaysia, Israel and Ohio. The company has ordered the first high NA lithography system from ASML that can be used for the 1.8nm process technology from 2025.
The company is expected to announce an additional plant site in Europe.
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