Intel's CEO Paul Otellini claimed at the IDF today that his company's first 45nm processors will arrive in the second half of next year.
At the center of this new process evolution is the Fab D1D in Hillsboro, Oregon. Intel's D1D Fab in Oregon is already producing test wafers, and will be the first CPU facility at Intel to ship 45nm silicon. The D1D facility is a lean 220,000 square feet and Intel's first 45nm Fab.
However, Intel has two more 45nm fabs coming online within the next 18 months. Intel Fab 32 in Arizona is expected to come online in late 2007. A third 45nm fab, dubbed Fab 28 in Israel, is coming online in 2008.
The three 45nm facilities represent more than 500,000 square feet of cleanroom space, and more than $9 billion in investment. AMD recently invested $2.5 billion into transforming its Dresden Fab 30 into Fab 38 and is also expected to spend a total of $5.8 billion in upgrading its Dresden Fabs. AMD does not plan on having 45nm products until mid-2008 though.