Intel on track to commence operations at China fab in 2010

Intel is scheduled to kick off operation at its 300mm fab in Dalian, China, in 2010, according to the company. The chip giant also said it is looking to integrate its assembly and test facility in Shanghai with its Chengdu plant.
The first batch of graduates from the Semiconductor Technology Institute, which was established under Intel's partnership with the Dalian University of Technology and the Dalian Municipal Government, will start working at Intel's operations in Dalian in 2010, according to Intel.

Intel's existing workforce of around 2,400 employees at the Chengdu site will also grow to a total of more than 3,000 by the end of 2009, after the consolidation of assembly and test lines in China, said the company. Intel's upcoming chips on 32nm and beyond will also complete backend processing at the Chengdu facility.

Industry sources have estimated Intel's investment in capacity expansion in Chengdu totals about US$450 million. The plant is expected to maximize production capacity with an annual output of around 176 million finished chips.

BY Claire Sung and Jessie Shen

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