Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) announced Tuesday that it would invest up to $8 billion in U.S. manufacturing with the goal of keeping its position as a semiconductor industry trailblazer and beat rivals in creating the next generation of silicon chips.
The world's biggest chipmaker will build a new factory in Oregon and upgrade four existing plants in Arizona and Oregon. The move emphasizes Intel's position as the biggest manufacturer of microprocessors and its ability to keep up with the semiconductor world's rapid and expensive pace.
The upgraded Intel plants will produce the company's most technologically advanced chips and support its move to 22-nanometer production. This next generation of chip production reduces the line widths on circuits, which lowers costs and improves capability. Currently chips are made with a 32-nanometer process.