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Intel Gets Go-Ahead For $4 Billion Chip Plant In Ireland 104

Posted by samzenpus
from the if-you-build-it-they-will-come dept.
alancronin writes "Intel has been planning to make its Ireland base one of three global manufacturing sites for its 14nm chips since May last year, and its now been given the okay by Ireland's lead planning agency. The new $4 billion plant will create around 4,300 jobs for the region in Co. Kildare, where Intel already has around 4,000 on staff. The two-year plan involves redeveloping its existing operation, expanding and shifting to make its smaller, more efficient 14nm process. Intel's plans don't stop there, however. It still plans to roll out 10nm products sometime in 2015."
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Intel Gets Go-Ahead For $4 Billion Chip Plant In Ireland

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  • Good news (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    I don't care if the reason why they place their facility on Ireland is the low taxes. At least they are giving the Irish people jobs in return, unlike many other corporations. Also, I get to buy cheap processors that were not manufactured in Asia.

    • by Sycraft-fu (314770) on Friday January 25, 2013 @09:25AM (#42689793)

      8 of their 11 current fabs are in the USA, one is in Ireland, one is in Israel, one is in China. The Chinese plant doesn't do CPUs, as far as I know, as it is an older process. They do some packaging in Asia, in Singapore if I remember correctly, but you don't tend to see those chips in the US and EU as they have closer packaging plants (in the US you mostly see products from the US packaging plant and their Costa Rica plant).

      AMD also isn't Asia focused for CPUs. They have them manufactured at Global Foundries which has a fab in the US, Germany, and Singapore.

      Discrete GPUs are all fabbed in Asia these days, specifically in Taiwan by TSMC. Now that may change as TSMC has been badly fucking up they may switch to someone else but for now, all TSMC.

      In terms of other stuff, like mobile processors, it can vary highly. For example Samsung is a big player in that market and you might expect Korea to be where they fab. While that's true for flash, for processors it is most in Texas. If you have a phone with a 32nm Samsung processor, Texas ware probably where it was made.

      • The Singapore packing plant is one of their largest as far as i know. Every chip from Ireland goes there for example. It's probably rarer to see a Singapore packaged chip in the US, but most of the chips in Europe and Asia at least go through there. That's mostly my personal experience, but yeah.
        • by jrumney (197329)

          The Singapore packing plant is one of their largest as far as i know.

          You're probably meaning the Malaysia plants in Penang and nearby Kulim (which operate as a single entity AFAIK). Singapore doesn't have the land area for a plant that could be considered one of Intel's largest, and no Singapore plant is listed here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_manufacturing_sites [wikipedia.org]

      • by Kjella (173770)

        AMD also isn't Asia focused for CPUs. They have them manufactured at Global Foundries which has a fab in the US, Germany, and Singapore. Discrete GPUs are all fabbed in Asia these days, specifically in Taiwan by TSMC. Now that may change as TSMC has been badly fucking up they may switch to someone else but for now, all TSMC.

        AMD has been paying big bucks to get out of wafer agreements with GloFo, they canceled Krishna and Wichita and started over at TSMC so it's both GPUs and APUs. If TSMC run into trouble the two biggest winners will be Intel and Samsung that have foundries of their own because there's really no good replacement right now.

      • Packaging in Asia is done in Malaysia and Vietnam (their largest in terms of footprint). Singapore is a fab that does flash production.
      • by DarthVain (724186)

        Hmmm...

        I recall when I used to do a lot of OC you used to look for batches, and usually it would involve a specific batch of serial numbers and either a Singapore or a Malaysia name on it. I had assumed they were built there. Perhaps that is just where the package is assembled and then stamped... Interesting...

  • I didn't notice a reason in either article about why they decided to _create_ 4k jobs overseas, and spend 4 billion to do it. I'm sure those across the pond will assume its cause we're fat, stupid and lazy, well.. yes, but seems places like Ireland and Oregon are tax friendly too? I wonder how much of this we can expect with the tax the rich mentality we've recently adopted.

    Here in California its already shown us what happens. They increased tax yet revenue tanked (the rich are simply moving and taking mo
    • Ireland doesn't have particularly low tax on rich people. We have a low corporate tax, but that isn't the same thing.
    • They need a reason to create jobs anywhere in the world other then the US? That seems like a very small minded view of the world where the US is number 1, and everyone has an obligation to give it some special priority.
    • by unixisc (2429386)
      This Irish plant was the third - the other 2 were in OR and AZ
  • I remember quite a bit of my software and some hardware coming from Ireland in the late eighties an early nineties. I still have my old Apple PowerBook 170 that was made in Ireland. Good on 'em!
    • by DarenN (411219)

      Apple still have huge facilities in Cork. Until Dell left they were the EMEA maufacturing facility. Intel, IBM, Google and Facebook all employ thousands of people around Dublin. If Ireland had any kind of venture capital markets...

  • Intel wants more horse meat in their products.

  • ...after all, that's a good local supply of potatoes they got there.

    Wonder what flavours they'll be making? Classics like Barbeque and Salt and Vinegar, or will they be targeting the specialty flavour markets, like Sauerkraut Surprise? (Surprise...it's sauerkraut flavoured!)

    Meh...please excuse my Friday silliness... ;o)

  • That's about 1% of the unemployed people here in Ireland in one fell swoop. This is a big win for the Irish economy! :) Many of those people will need training, and the knock-on effects will be massive! It's also jobs for folks who are outside of Dublin. That plant is out in Leixlip.

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