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Friday, 10 December 2010 09:46

Intel to create 450mm wafers in D1X plants

Written by Nick Farell
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Flying against advice
Intel has confirmed that its yet-to-be-built D1X manufacturing facility is constructed to be compatible with equipment that processes large 450mm wafers.

The news is strange as many analysts do not thing that 450 mm wafers are economically viable. We guess the feeling is that they are too wide to dunk in your coffee. However it seems that the production facilities that process 450mm wafers are not economically feasible as you need to have the machines running all the time.

Only three companies in the industry have indicated they are remotely interested in manufacturing of chips on 450mm wafers within the next five years. They are Intel, Samsung Electronics and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. Since there are only three customers, the outfits that will make the equipment to built the wafers are a little thin on the ground.

Intel claims that 450mm wafers will allow to produce chips at lower cost per chip. Xbit claims that  Intel will not even try to wed 450mm wafers with 16nm manufacturing process and it is more likely that the company will only utilize appropriate equipment for chips made using 12nm or 10nm nodes.

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+3 #1 redisnidma 2010-12-10 17:53
So, if I make my garage large enough to fit an 18-wheeler, does that means that I'm going to purchase one later on? 8)

Nice try. :roll:
 
 
-2 #2 Wolfdale 2010-12-10 22:47
Quoting redisnidma:
So, if I make my garage large enough to fit an 18-wheeler, does that means that I'm going to purchase one later on? 8)

Nice try. :roll:


with nice try i assume you mean you trying to be a smartass?

i think its great intel is preparing to take new turns in the development process,
once and if intel is going to actually pull this off, and succeed. ull see many fabs converting or new fabs being equipped with it,

the first ps3 and xbox360 set you back a fortune, now you get them for free if you extend your phone contract etc
 
 
-2 #3 kartikkg 2010-12-11 19:26
i didnt understand it ,current chips are at 45nm and its going to be 25 or 22 nm in the future (2011-12) i guess , so why intel now erecting a 45 nm lab ?
 
 
+2 #4 loadwick 2010-12-12 00:46
lol, nm is nano meters, mm is milli meters.

nm is the process, mm is the size of the waffer. They even tell you that its probably not going to use 16nm and use 12nm or 10nm.
 

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