Intel detailed plans to substantially increase its semiconductor manufacturing facilities, including spending 20 billion US dollars to build a factory in the United States, and the establishment of an independent foundry department to be responsible for increasing third-party production capacity.
According to Mobile World Live, in an event detailing the IDM2.0 strategy, Intel’s new CEO Pat Gelsinger announced plans to build two new factories in Arizona and build a “world level of foundry business”.
The responsibility of Intel Foundry Services is to become “the main provider of American and European production capacity to meet the amazing global demand for semiconductor manufacturing.”
In addition to the investment plan announced on March 23, Intel also plans to further expand its production capacity in the United States and Europe within 12 months.
“The key challenge is to obtain capacity.” Gelsinger added, “Intel is in a unique position to cope with and meet growing demand while ensuring a sustainable and safe semiconductor supply for the world.”
Intel’s move comes at a time when the US and European authorities seek to reduce their dependence on Asian semiconductor imports and the global chip shortage.
Ericsson, Qualcomm, Google, and Microsoft have all publicly expressed their support for Intel’s foundry business expansion.
Gelsinger said that in the broader IDM2.0 strategy, Intel will continue to produce most of its own chips, but plans to increase the use of third-party equipment on some components, including “Intel’s core products of computing products which are client-oriented and provided by data center”.