RIO RANCHO, N.M. - On January 24, 2024, Intel celebrated the opening of Fab 9, its state-of-the-art semiconductor packaging factory in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. The $3.5 billion facility is part of Intel's strategy to equip its New Mexico operations with advanced manufacturing techniques like 3D packaging technology “Foveros”, which enables flexible integration of multiple chips optimized for power, performance, and cost.
“Today, we celebrate the opening of Intel’s first high-volume semiconductor operations and the only U.S. factory producing the world’s most advanced packaging solutions at scale," said Keyvan Esfarjani, Intel's executive vice president and chief global operations officer. "This cutting-edge technology sets Intel apart and gives our customers real advantages in performance, form factor, and flexibility in design applications, all within a resilient supply chain."
Intel views its global factory network as a competitive advantage that allows better product optimization, economies of scale, and supply chain resilience. The co-located Fab 9 and Fab 11x in Rio Rancho represent Intel's first site for high-volume production of advanced 3D packaging as well as end-to-end onshore manufacturing.
Fab 9 will drive Intel’s innovation in advanced packaging to achieve the next era of over 1 trillion transistors per chip, extending Moore’s Law beyond 2030. As the semiconductor industry transitions to using multiple chiplets in new ways, techniques like Foveros and EMIB (embedded multi-die interconnect bridge) offer faster and cheaper integration.
“This investment by Intel underscores New Mexico’s continued dedication to bring manufacturing back home to America," said Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. The $3.5 billion project has already created hundreds of high-tech jobs at Intel and over 6,500 additional construction and support jobs statewide.
While expanding, Intel remains committed to minimizing its environmental impact in New Mexico. Fab 9 is on track to recycle 90% of its construction waste and uses 100% renewable electricity. Intel has also funded local water restoration projects expected to replenish over 100 million gallons annually, offsetting the site's water use in 2022.
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Over the past five years, Intel employees volunteered over 65,000 hours locally. Additionally, Intel, its Foundation, and its employees have donated over $6.5 million to New Mexico education and nonprofits since 2018. Investments like the Fab 9 factory signify Intel’s sustained partnership, economic growth, and community engagement in Rio Rancho.
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