Monday, April 11th 2022

Intel Installs First EUV Tool in Irish Fab 34

Last week Intel finalised the installation of its first EUV tool in Fab 34, which is located in Leixlip, Ireland. That comes just two months after Intel started installing its first chipmaking equipment in the fab. The EUV tool is made by ASML, but was shipped to Intel in Hillsboro, Oregon, USA first, before being sent back to Europe. It's unclear why it was shipped to the US first, but it's possible that Intel tested the equipment there and made sure it was to its spec, before shipping it to its new fab.

This is the first of several machines from ASML that are expected to be installed in Fab 34 and Intel says it's "a key enabler of Intel 4 process technology". The ASML machine required four unspecified Boeing aircrafts to ship, as well as 35 trucks to bring it to Fab 34. The machine, or tool as Intel calls it, has been sent in parts since December last year and has only now been completely assembled. For more details, see the video after the break.
Source: Intel
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8 Comments on Intel Installs First EUV Tool in Irish Fab 34

#1
DeathtoGnomes
Nice video, not PR BS heavy as I was expecting.
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#2
TheLostSwede
DeathtoGnomesNice video, not PR BS heavy as I was expecting.
I just wish they'd found someone with a less heavy Irish accent, as there were a few words I couldn't quite make out...
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DeathtoGnomes
TheLostSwedeI just wish they'd found someone with a less heavy Irish accent, as there were a few words I couldn't quite make out...
eye, matee! :laugh:

Think Canadian accent would far much better, eh?
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#4
Tigger
I'm the only one
Humans can be so stunning and so terrible, wish for more of the stunning.

Interesting video.
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#5
bonehead123
"Installed" is one thing, "operating at full capacity" is a totally different thing BTW.....

This sounds like moar fluff & puff PR nonsense from big blue than anything else :(
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#6
dragontamer5788
bonehead123"Installed" is one thing, "operating at full capacity" is a totally different thing BTW.....
Today is Intel 10 process.

What's here is Intel 4 process. The next-next generation. Intel still has Intel 7 to make between now and then.

This is far-future stuff, maybe not in production for another 3 to 5 years, at the earliest. Intel has a lot to do, but they need to constantly be testing / ramping up next-generation technologies to get anything done.
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#7
Tigger
I'm the only one
Where are AMD in relation to their own fabs.........................
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#8
dragontamer5788
TiggerWhere are AMD in relation to their own fabs.........................
AMD uses TSMC's fabs. TSMC 5nm should be close to Intel's 4 process.

I don't think AMD is using TSMC 5nm yet. As usual, Apple effectively gets monopsony status every time TSMC hits a new node (reverse-monopoly status: instead of single-supplier, Apple is the single-buyer)
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