Intel plant in Kiryat Gat (archives)
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Intel Corp, the world's biggest electronic chip maker, said on Sunday it would open its new die preparation plant in Jerusalem next week.
Intel closed its ageing Fab 8 chip plant in Jerusalem in 2008 and started converting the facility to a die prep plant.
Die preparation is the next stage following the production of wafers.
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A spokesman for Intel in Israel said the plant – which cost tens of millions of dollars to convert and employs 150 people – officially will open next Sunday.
Intel Israel is one of Israel's largest exporters, with nearly $1.4 billion in 2008. Until now die preparation for Intel's chip wafers has been done in Asia.
Intel's $3.5 billion Fab 28 chip plant in Israel's southern city of Kiryat Gat opened late last year and makes processors with 45 nanometer-wide circuitry.
Intel also operates four research and development centers in Israel.