Intel says no to New York chip trend

Fashion bag maker Intel has told those who were hoping it would build a chip factory in New York that it’s a myth that if you could make chips there you could make them anywhere.

New York was starting to be seen as a fab place to make chips. The Empire State is developing a $45 billion “mega” chip fab site near Utica.  

The site is being developed by the Suny College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. The fabs would be built on land CNSE owns across the street from the Suny Institute of Technology in Marcy, on the outskirts of Utica.

Dubbed the Marcy Nanocenter, the facility includes 400 acres that can accommodate three chip fabs with 450,000-square-foot clean rooms. The cost of each fab would be as much as $15 billion.

The site will be home to 450mm wafer technology, which is the next generation of manufacturing technology and can produce twice the number of chips in the same amount of time as a 300mm factory.

Intel spokesperson Chuck Mulloy told the Times Union that the company isn’t interested in getting involved, even if it did close its Hudson plant recently.

Closing the Intel plant in Hudson doesn’t mean those 700 jobs will move to Oneida County. “There is no connection,” Mulloy said.

Hudson will continue to operate until the end of 2014. It is a 200mm fab running much older process technology, he said.

Intel has said it is moving toward 450mm processing.  But no 450mm fab has been built because suppliers are still developing the technology to handle the larger wafers.