Intel has officially opened the expansion of its D1X semiconductor fab in Hillsboro, Oregon.

The $3 billion investment adds 270,000 square feet (25,000 sqm) of cleanroom space for next-generation silicon process technologies.

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– Sebastian Moss

The entire fab manufactures multiple logic process technologies at various stages of the development cycle. The Technology Development team at D1X creates the baseline manufacturing technology that is then transferred to Intel's global portfolio of fabs.

The Mod3 expansion brings Intel’s total investment in Oregon to more than $52 billion.

As part of the upgrade, the 500-acre campus has been renamed Gordon Moore Park, after the Intel cofounder that predicted that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit would double every two years.

“Since its founding, Intel has been devoted to relentlessly advancing Moore’s Law,” said Pat Gelsinger, Intel CEO, at an opening ceremony.

"This new factory space will bolster our ability to deliver the accelerated process roadmap required to support our bold IDM 2.0 strategy," he added. "Oregon is the longtime heart of our global semiconductor R&D, and I can think of no better way to honor Gordon Moore’s legacy than by bestowing his name on this campus, which, like him, has had such a tremendous role in advancing our industry."

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