It’s a busy time in the life of Intel’s CEO, Paul Otellini. Last week he found out that Nokia was all but giving up on MeeGo, then he welcomed the world’s most powerful man Barack Obama to a manufacturing facility in Oregon and finally, he announced that Intel was going to invest $5 billion in a plant which will produce 14nm processors.
Otellini took the opportunity of a visit by the “leader of the free world” to announce investment in a plant, called Fab 42, in Arizona which will create 4,000 jobs, with construction to begin in the middle this year and with the factory up-and-running in 2013. "This fab will begin operations on a process that will allow us to create transistors with a minimum feature size of 14 nanometers. For Intel, manufacturing serves as the underpinning for our business and allows us to provide customers and consumers with leading-edge products in high volume. The unmatched scope and scale of our investments in manufacturing help Intel maintain industry leadership and drives innovation," said Brian Krzanich, senior vice president and general manager, Manufacturing and Supply Chain.
It was only two years ago that we reported on Intel revealing it 32nm processors and now Intel believes the 14nm technology will allow for more powerful and efficient chips. Just to mess with your head a little and so you realise just how small the tech we are talking about is, a nanometer is one-billionth of a meter or the size one ninety-thousandth the width of an average human hair – pretty small then. "The products based on these leading-edge chips will give consumers unprecedented levels of performance and power efficiency across a range of computing devices from high-end servers to ultra-sleek portable devices," said Krzanich.