Chip giant Intel (opens in new tab) has announced a $3.5 billion investment to ramp up its Rio Rancho manufacturing facility in New Mexico.
The multiyear investment aims to upgrade the facility to manufacture advanced semiconductor packaging technologies, including its 3D packaging technology dubbed Foveros.
The investment follows a further announcement (opens in new tab) from Intel earlier this year that it would be building two new semiconductor factories in Arizona at a cost of $20 billion.
- Here's our list of the best business laptops (opens in new tab) right now
- We've put together a list of the best workstations (opens in new tab) on the market
- Need something more portable? Check out the best mobile workstations (opens in new tab)
This series of investments formpart of new Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger’s overhaul of the company’s integrated device manufacturing (IDM) model, which includes setting up a new semiconductor manufacturing business called Intel Foundry Services.
“We’re proud to have invested in New Mexico for more than 40 years and we see our Rio Rancho campus continuing to play a critical role in Intel’s global manufacturing network in our new era of IDM 2.0,” said Keyvan Esfarjani, Intel senior vice president and general manager of Manufacturing and Operations.
Part of IDM 2.0
The New Mexico investment comes weeks after Gelsinger promised his company would ramp up production in its existing units in a bid to help pull out companies from the current semiconductor chip shortage.
Gelsinger last month referred to 2021 as a “pivotal year” (opens in new tab) for the company, as Intel beat analyst revenue expectations for the first quarter of 2021, riding primarily on strong growth in PC (opens in new tab) sales.
The Rio Rancho facility is one of Intel’s oldest manufacturing units and according to the company currently develops and manufactures Intel Optane SSD technology, embedded multi-die interconnect bridge, and Intel silicon photonics technology.
In a release, the chip maker shared that the new investment will create at least 700 high-tech jobs in the state, in addition to a 1000 construction jobs, while supporting an additional 3,500 jobs in the state.
- Here's our list of the best business laptops (opens in new tab)
Via ZDNet (opens in new tab)