Obama was given a tour of the semiconductor research and manufacturing site in Hillsboro, Oregan, where he discussed jobs and economics with Otellini. Intel is the state of Oregan’s largest state employer, with over 15,000 workers, so it leaped at the chance to parade the President around the Ronier Acres campus’ Fab D1D, a wafer fabrication facility and R&D. Intel’s goings-on should create around 4,000 jobs in the States in 2011 alone, mainly in product development and R&D.
Otellini also announced plans to spend $5 billion on a new factory in Arizona, called Fab 42, which he reckons will be “the most advanced, high-volume semiconductor manufacturing facility in the world.” Construction will begin mid-2011 and should be completed some time in 2013, according to Intel’s forecasts. It’ll focus on operations on a process for creating transistors with a minimum feature size of 14nm. Fab 42 will be built, says Intel, as a 300mm factory.
Intel hopes that the Arizona factory will strengthen its production capacity within the United States.
Ever the busy bee, Otellini flew out for an analyst meeting in London to talk Meego Etc. He is confident, according to Reuters, that Meego will find itself another partner. “The carriers still want a third ecosystem and the carriers want an open ecosystem, and that’s the thing that drives our motivation. He reckoned Nokia took a fat bung from Microsoft for choosing WP7 to boost its ailing handset biz.
He also reckoned that the best move would have been for Nokia to stick with Meego, but it couldn’t afford the pricetag. The next best bet would have been Android. Android was certainly the talk of the town at Mobile World Congress this year, but so was Intel’s baffling game plan, with some chip giants certain that it’s perched in an open casket.