Intel Senior Vice President Rob Crooke announced the chip giant will be investing up to $5.5 billion over the coming years in its Dalian, China plant to upgrade the facility for state-of-the-art non-volatile memory production. Intel said it expects to start initial production of 3D NAND technology in Dalian in the second half of 2016.
Here's Crooke's full statement:
2015 has definitely been a “memory-able” year for Intel!
Non-volatile memory-based solid state drives are a strong adjacency to Intel’s core computing
business and a key part of Intel’s strategy to be a foundational supplier of the infrastructure
that powers the smart, connected world. This combined with a fast growing market, present
great opportunities to drive business growth for Intel.
This year, Intel® Solid State Drive (Intel® SSD) solutions revenue grew double-digits year-on-year every quarter. In addition, Intel and Micron introduced the jointly developed 3D NAND and
3D XPoint™ technologies, ensuring a strong future product portfolio that continues to be well
received by our customers. Our partnership with Micron remains very strong.
For our part, we are aggressively working on bringing Intel® Optane™ technology – based on 3D
XPoint – to market in Intel® SSDs in 2016. These products have the potential to revolutionize
any device, application or service that benefits from fast access to large sets of data. For
example, retailers may use Intel’s non-volatile memory products to more quickly identify fraud
detection patterns in financial transactions; and healthcare researchers could process and
analyze larger data sets in real time, accelerating complex tasks such as genetic analysis and
Today, I am pleased to announce that we now will utilize Intel’s facility in Dalian, China to help
expand our manufacturing capacity in non-volatile memory. The expansion is part of our global
multi-source supply strategy and will allow us to best serve our customers. We expect initial
production of the 3D NAND technology in Dalian in the second half of 2016.
We have a long-term plan for this facility and may invest up to $5.5 billion over the coming
years to transition this site to support leading-edge non-volatile memory production. The Intel
Dalian facility has been in operation since 2010, producing 65-nanometer products for
Intel. The collaboration with the Dalian government has been and continues to be an excellent
partnership, and our team at Intel Dalian has demonstrated amazing results through
I look forward to many more successful years of continued innovation and growth for Intel.
Senior Vice President,
General Manager Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group