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New chip plant Intel is showing interest at and its impact to their business

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According to Intel’s IDM 2.0 strategy, the company is on a mission to reclaim its chipmaking industry dominance. Intel has embraced expansion in India and China, but what about concentrating on the United States? Intel is eyeing the Buckeye State for a new semiconductor fab, according to a recent storey from Oregon Live.

Chandler, Arizona, Rio Rancho, New Mexico, and Hillsboro, Oregon are Intel’s current U.S. fabs. Intel is looking for a location for its newest chip factory near Columbus, Ohio. Both Intel and government officials are keeping the exact information of the revelation close to their chests. However, in the final days of 2021, Intel is said to have contacted Ohio leaders, including Governor Mike DeWine, to confirm the choice.


The new chip fab, if approved, would be one of the state’s most significant economic developments. The factory is expected to be built in New Albany, a Columbus suburb with a population of about 11,000 people. Intel’s presence would be highly disruptive since the company aims to employ thousands of people at a complex that might eventually span 3,600 acres.


Intel would invest “tens of billions of dollars” in Ohio over several years, which is very significant for Ohio. We don’t know what kind of tax breaks Ohio politicians granted Intel at the moment, but we’ll find out later.

However, it’s reasonable to assume that the incentive package was sizable enough to sway Intel away from a rival offer from New York. Another point to consider is the proximity of the site to Ohio State University, which might provide a regular supply of new computer science and electrical engineering expertise.

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger has been a vocal supporter of the $52 billion CHIPS Act, which promotes domestic chip manufacture in order to better position American semiconductor firms like Intel against Asian competitors TSMC and Samsung.

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TSMC and Samsung have both received substantial government subsidies from Taiwan and South Korea, which have fueled large fab expansions and helped them prosper in contract chip production. Gelsinger, understandably, wants a piece of the pie.

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Last month, Gelsinger wondered aloud, “How do you compete with a 30 to 40% subsidy?” “We’re competing with Taiwan and Korea, not TSMC or Samsung. China has far more generous subsidies.”

Intel and top Ohio authorities are scheduled to make a formal announcement in the near future.

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