In semiconductor manufacturing, interest in Intel's manufacturing plans and activities are high due to several factors. First, Intel is the world's largest semiconductor manufacturer with annual revenues of $34.2 billion in 2004, more than three times larger than the second largest semiconductor manufacturer Samsung. As such, Intel spends an average of $4 billion to $6 billion annually on fab capacity, including both buildings and equipment. In terms of equipment, Intel accounts for approximately 20% of all semiconductor equipment purchased annually. Finally, Intel is a leader in both microprocessors and non-volatile memory, two key semiconductor technologies that drive technical innovation and signal trends in market direction and demand.
This report provides an in-depth analysis of Intel's manufacturing capacity (wafer capacity, chip capacity, process transitions), process technology (0.13um, 90nm, 65nm, 45nm, 32nm), 300mm capacity, static leakage problems, cost estimates, yield issues, processor cost estimates and cost trends including average manufacturing cost, average cost by generation, average cost by segment, and effect of on-die L2 cache.
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