Intel gets nod to build $4bn Irish next-gen chip plant

Intel's 14nm could be on the menu on for the new fab, to be built in County Kildare.

Ireland's planning agency has given the go-ahead for Intel to build a 256,000 square metre wafer fab in Ireland, which could produce Intel's next-generation 14nm chips.

The proposed facility at Intel's Lexlip campus in County Kildare will cost around $4bn to develop, and if it goes ahead, will add 3,500 staff to the site's existing headcount of 4,500.

Lexlip currently produces 300mm wafers and was bidding to become one of three facilities to produce Intel's new 14nm chips, the first in a generation that is expected to shrink to 5nm by 2015.

Intel chief Paul Otellini confirmed in May the Irish facility would be one of the sites to produce the chips, along with US plants in Oregon and Arizona, accordng to the EE Times.

The Irish building inspector's report details a proposal that includes a 100,000 square metre main fabrication facility, in addition to two support buildings, a two-story boiler and chiller facility, a water treatment building, a massive diesel power backup building, and chemical storage.

The site is projected to take two years to build.