April 12, 2022 – Intel celebrated the grand opening of D1X’s latest expansion, its state-of-the-art plant in Hillsboro, Oregon. At a groundbreaking ceremony attended by senior government officials and community leaders, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger highlighted the company’s positive impact in Oregon and reiterated his commitment to American leadership in semiconductor research and development (R&D). In honor of the site’s legacy of innovation, Intel also announced a new name for the nearly 500-acre campus: Gordon Moore Park at Ronler Acres. The new name recognizes the site’s unique contributions to driving Moore’s Law, the 1965 prediction of Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, which has guided innovation in the semiconductor industry for more than 50 years. .
“Since its inception, Intel has been dedicated to relentlessly advancing Moore’s Law. This new factory space will strengthen our ability to deliver the accelerated process roadmap required to support our bold IDM 2.0 strategy. Oregon has long been the heart of our global semiconductor R&D, and I can think of no better way to honor Gordon Moore’s legacy than by naming this campus after him, which, like him, has played such an important role in advancing our industry,” said Pat Gelsinger, CEO of Intel.
Gordon Moore Park is home to Intel’s global technology development organization, which is charged with advancing Moore’s Law by creating new transistor architectures, wafer processes, and packaging technologies that underpin the company’s product roadmap and provide the foundation for applications ranging from personal computers to cloud infrastructure. to 5G networks. The team of approximately 10,000 employees, primarily based in Hillsboro, is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading silicon process engineering organizations.
During the 25 years of the campus’ existence, engineers and scientists have continually met – and then overcome – the challenges posed by physics when the characteristics of a chip are reduced to the size of atoms. With inventions such as high-k metal gate technology, 3D tri-gate transistors, and strained silicon, Intel has consistently delivered fundamental process innovations to keep pace with Moore’s Law.
“These groundbreaking process innovations all originated here in Oregon. With the new expansion of our D1X plant, Oregon is well positioned to deliver the next generation of advanced technologies,” said Ann Kelleher, executive vice president and general manager of technology development. “Semiconductors are fundamental to America’s technology leadership, our economy, and supply chain resilience. Intel is the only company in the world with the majority of its process R&D and high-volume advanced semiconductor packaging and manufacturing in the United States.
Last year, Intel unveiled one of the most detailed technology roadmaps in its history. The company has moved at an accelerated pace of innovation to enable an annual cadence of improvements, leveraging breakthrough technologies that will power new products through 2025 and beyond, including:
- RibbonFET, the first new transistor architecture in over a decade.
- PowerVia, a new method of rear-end power delivery, an industry first.
- The industry’s first use of High NA EUV new generation lithography.
How it works: With “Mod3” – an investment of more than $3 billion to expand D1X – Intel engineers now have an additional 270,000 square feet of cleanroom space to develop next-generation silicon process technologies. At any given time, several logical process technologies are in various stages of the development cycle in the D1X factory. The technology development team creates the core manufacturing technology needed to bring innovations to the physical world. New process technologies are then transferred identically from this central development plant in Oregon to that of Intel global network high-volume manufacturing sites. After the handover, the factory network and the development factory work together to continue driving operational improvements. This allows for rapid ramping up of operation, quick learning, and better quality control.
About Intel in Oregon: This latest expansion builds on Intel’s investments in Oregon for nearly 50 years. Intel’s operations in Oregon represent its largest concentration of facilities and talent in the world, with nearly 22,000 employees across four campuses in Hillsboro, 20 miles west of Portland. The Mod3 expansion brings Intel’s total investment in Oregon to over $52 billion. Based on 2019 data, Intel’s largest direct economic footprint is in Oregon. Together with its employees, an extensive network of local contractors and suppliers, capital investments and other downstream impacts, Intel’s total annual impact is more than 105,000 jobs, more than $10 billion in labor income and $19 billion in gross domestic product.
Source: Intel Corp.