Gelsinger says the goal is to "build a little city" that will attract IC suppliers and chip designers. Rather than just extra production capacity for Intel, the company is pitching the plan as a way to revive American chip production and create a more resilient, globally balanced supply chain:
In an interview streamed by the Washington Post, Gelsinger said the new mega-fab would include between six and eight modules supporting leading-edge process and packaging technologies. Among the goals is “building a little city,” Gelsinger said, that would attract IC suppliers while becoming a hub for training chip designers and badly needed production engineers.
The new fab, costing as much as $15 billion, would be “entirely transformational,” Gelsinger asserted, as the U.S. seeks to recapture a greater share of global chip-making capacity.