Monday, February 11th 2019

Intel Invests €7 Billion in Ireland Toward a New Fab

Intel is following up on its massive $11 billion investment in Israel with a second large manufacturing investment, this time in Leixlip, Ireland. The company has earmarked a €7 billion investment toward construction of a new fab in Leixlip, which will employ 1,600 people, and have a built-up area of 110,000 m². This fab will sit alongside existing fabs that already employ over 4,500 staff. The company did not go into details of what the fab will manufacture. The investment aligns with Intel's strategy of massive investments in manufacturing to increase its chip volumes as enterprises, small and medium businesses, and consumers at large look to upgrade their computers at the turn of the decade. The company is already combating acute shortages of processors in the retail channel.
Source: Irish Times
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12 Comments on Intel Invests €7 Billion in Ireland Toward a New Fab

#1
dj-electric
Firing on all cylinders. This is great stuff, finally
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notb
Oh no. How is that possible? Wasn't Intel in trouble because of Zen? Who buys Intel?! :p
dj-electric said:
Firing on all cylinders. This is great stuff, finally
Firing up on all cylinders what?
How do you even know that this will be making somethinguseful to people on tjis forum? Maybe it's for enterprise SSD? Maybe drones? :D
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dj-electric
notb said:
Oh no. How is that possible? Wasn't Intel in trouble because of Zen? Who buys Intel?! :p

Firing up on all cylinders what?
How do you even know that this will be making somethinguseful to people on tjis forum? Maybe it's for enterprise SSD? Maybe drones? :D
Something useful to who? I don't think they give half a shit about it, tbh. This Fab will make all sorts of silicone, possibly. This is good for consumers, eventually, unless they want more out-of-reach high priced CPUs.
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notb
dj-electric said:
Something useful to who? I don't think they give half a shit about it, tbh. This Fab will make all sorts of silicone, possibly. This is good for consumers, eventually, unless they want more out-of-reach high priced CPUs.
What I meant is: your assumption that it'll affect consumer CPU prices is way to optimistic. Sure, it may.
But it also could be for enterprise SSDs, communication, AI chips, GPUs - all kinds of things Intel is (or will soon be) making.

Or maybe they're trying something new? Surprisingly, there are still some semiconductor products Intel isn't making (e.g. camera sensors).

It looks like the market has accepted current Intel pricing. We shouldn't expect a significant change.
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ArbitraryAffection
notb said:
Oh no. How is that possible? Wasn't Intel in trouble because of Zen? Who buys Intel?! :p
Intel isn't quite obsolete yet; Zen2 still hasn't launched. :P

A lot of people buy Intel because they're stupid, not because Intel make better CPUs. Just saying .
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#6
Splinterdog
More employment for Ireland, which is always welcome.
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lynx29
ArbitraryAffection said:
Intel isn't quite obsolete yet; Zen2 still hasn't launched. :p

A lot of people buy Intel because they're stupid, not because Intel make better CPUs. Just saying .
a lot of people also like to use XMP on their ram, set it and forget it - plug and play - ryzen 1700 or 2700, doesn't matter you have to admit zen has trouble with ram, it can be annoying for a lot of people. My buddy just built a new 2700x build with 64 gigs of ram cause he does workloads and such that need it, he got 3000 cas 15 all the same brand, xmp was not stable, he has never messed with ram before so it was a little difficult for him.
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ArbitraryAffection
lynx29 said:
a lot of people also like to use XMP on their ram, set it and forget it - plug and play - ryzen 1700 or 2700, doesn't matter you have to admit zen has trouble with ram, it can be annoying for a lot of people. My buddy just built a new 2700x build with 64 gigs of ram cause he does workloads and such that need it, he got 3000 cas 15 all the same brand, xmp was not stable, he has never messed with ram before so it was a little difficult for him.
Sure Ryzen requires you to be a little smarter before you buy RAM but if you do; it pays off. B-die 3200 C14 kits run all day long on Ryzen you just gotta do some thinking before you throw it together. Huh, which kinda backs up my point.
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notb
ArbitraryAffection said:
Sure Ryzen requires you to be a little smarter before you buy RAM but if you do; it pays off. B-die 3200 C14 kits run all day long on Ryzen you just gotta do some thinking before you throw it together. Huh, which kinda backs up my point.
Just an intellectual exercise for you. Is there enough Samsung B-die for all Ryzen CPUs?
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ArbitraryAffection
notb said:
Just an intellectual exercise for you. Is there enough Samsung B-die for all Ryzen CPUs?
IDK, but I've been lucky I guess with RAM. I have two kits of TeamGroup 2400 C14 Rams with Micron chips that have overclocked to 3000 MHz with only raising the CL to 16 and the voltage to 1.35 even in 4x4GB. I have had a 1200, 1400, 2600 , 2600X and now a 2700X (I buy and sell a LOT) running with this OC on , uh, i think 3 different boards now, 1 msi and 3 asrock. 300 and 400 series.

Though I did have a kit of 3200 c16-18-18 that would refuse to run at anything over 2933 on pretty much the same selection of Ryzen so yeah. Hopefully DDR4 support does get better with Ryzen 3000 but buying intel (and getting inferior performance for more money) just because you are worried about RAM not working seems like a really dumb thing to me.

For example 2600X is cheaper than 9400/8400 here and the former comes with Division 2 and is just as good in games, but has significantly more multi-threaded performance and will last longer in newer games (my opinion please dont hate me for it). And the socket fully supports the next gen CPUs on 7nm and maybe beyond. Buying those intel CPUs just seems stupid to me?

Either way I refuse to buy Intel CPUs until i consider them to be worth what they are priced at, and that means more than 6 threads in the £200~ price point (They still can't offer at least 8 threads here despite selling quads with HT for nearly a decade). Also I hate intel managment and marketing. But heyho. Yes it's a principal thing too. Intel has stagnated and milked the market for way too long and Ryzen just makes me happy.

And a happy catgirl means no one's getting clawed. >:3
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#12
nemesis.ie
Wasn't this supposed to happen in 2014/15 and they shelved it.

Looks like they should have gone ahead then and just updated the equipment as they went along, that might have been cheaper and saved them from some of the "shortages".
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