Intel is to add two further chip manufacturing plants to its string of factories and has begun construction work on its first facility in China.
An advanced logic wafer fabrication plant will be built in Forth Worth, Texas and an assembly/test facility in San Jose, Costa Rica.
The A6/T6 assembly/test facility in Costa Rica is expected to cost more than $300 million when fully operational and will employ 2,000 people over the next few years. It will consist of two buildings representing 400,000 square feet of manufacturing space and will begin operations at the beginning of 1998.
Intel?s site in Shanghai, China will assemble and test flash memory chips for export. It is expected to be in production by mid-1998 and employ around 500 people during its first phase.
The first phase of the Forth Worth site, called Fab 16, is expected to cost $1.3 billion and will be operational by 1999. It will initially build advanced logic products on 0.25 micro technologies and later smaller geometries. The plant will be approximately 800,000 square-feet in size and feature a 75,000 square-foot Class 1 clean room.
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