Intel’s Ambitious Expansion in Oregon

Intel has announced plans to enhance its semiconductor technology facilities at the Gordon Moore Park campus in Hillsboro, Oregon. This move is a significant step towards regaining process technology leadership by 2050, aligning with Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger’s vision for IDM 2.0.

Under Gelsinger’s leadership, Intel aims to launch five advanced nodes within four years, including Intel 7,4,3,20A, and 18A. The expansion in Oregon plays a crucial role in this strategy and builds upon Intel’s previous announcement of a major enlargement at its D1X development factory, now named Gordon Moore Park.

The expansion is partially enabled by anticipated support from the US CHIUPS and Science Act. Dr. Ann Kelleher, Intel’s executive vice president and general manager of the Technology Development Group, emphasized the company’s commitment to driving innovation and advancing technology in Oregon. The investment solidifies Intel’s dedication to rebalancing the global semiconductor supply chain and restoring America’s leadership in semiconductor R&D and manufacturing.

 As part of this multi-billion-dollar investment, Intel plans to upgrade its facilities to accommodate the latest process technologies and tools. This includes the world’s first high-numerical aperture extreme ultraviolet (High-NA EUV) lithography tool, scheduled to be operational this year. Intel is also seeking permits for a potential multi-billion-dollar expansion of its R&D and manufacturing capacity.

These investments have the potential to create several thousand new permanent and construction jobs, establishing Oregon and the Pacific Northwest as the epicenter of U.S. semiconductor R&D and technology development.

Intel’s Technology Development Group, headquartered in Oregon, leads research into process technologies that will shape the industry in the coming years. The company’s expansion plan in Oregon, which will generate thousands of jobs, demonstrates its commitment to the region.

While specific details about the investment were not disclosed, plans suggest a fourth phase for the D1X research factory on the main manufacturing campus. Construction on this addition, known as Mod4, could begin next year. The expansion is expected to be on par with the recently completed third phase of D1X, representing an investment exceeding $ 3 billion.

Intel aims to augment its Oregon workforce by 2,000 employees, adding to the existing base of 22,000. Additionally, there are indications that. Mod4 may be just one aspect of Intel’s broader expansion plans.

Although Intel’s Oregon project has progressed incrementally through permit applications and corporate communications, the formal announcement marks a significant milestone. The company’s commitment to the expansion is evident, even as it seeks a portion of the $52 billion CHIPS Act to support the project. 

Intel’s Oregon expansion is set to be a cornerstone of the anticipated $40 billion investment from semiconductor manufacturers in the state over the next few years. With approval for chip industry incentives and grants and loans for Intel’s expansion, Oregon’s technology landscape is poised for substantial growth. 

While the environmental impact of Intel’s expansion is being monitored closely, with concerns regarding emissions, the company’s growth trajectory in Oregon will strengthen the state’s position in semiconductor engineering and manufacturing. Oregon will become Intel’s largest operating hub worldwide.

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