The company will invest in various European countries to create high-performance chips.
The shortage of new generation consoles such as PS5 or Xbox Series X | S, the lack of stock of graphics cards or even mobile phones have a common denominator: the shortage of essential semiconductors to shape the chips of all these technological products. To fight against this famine that has been going on for several years, Intel has just launched an ambitious expansion plan in the European Union with an investment of up to 80,000 million euros to create “a new generation European chip ecosystem”.
Spain is one of the countries in which it will investThis project, which will be developed over the next decade, will have an initial investment of more than 33,000 million euros in R&D for the manufacture of semiconductors, with a “state-of-the-art megafactory” in Germany to manufacture semiconductors, and a research and design center in France, and various “investments in R&D, manufacturing, foundry services and back-end production in Ireland, Spain, Poland and Italy.”
“We are committed to playing an essential role in shaping Europe’s digital future for decades to come,” said Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger, speaking of the new Chips Act that seeks to enhance Europe’s role in the sector. of semiconductors by joining the work of private companies and governments. But to see these new factories in action we will still have to wait a few years.
Intel will contribute to the achievement of the European Green DealThe initial phase of the plan contemplates the construction of two semiconductor factories, “the first of their kind”, in the city of Magdeburg in Germany during the first half of 2023, with the intention of starting production in 2027. “It is expected that the new factories produce chips with the most advanced transistor technologies of Intel’s Angstrom era”.
On the other hand, Intel is also committed to “the ecological transition” and ensures that it will contribute to the achievement of the European Green Deal. “More efficient chips can reduce the energy consumption of the next wave of digital hardware, while boosting HPC and AI solutions,” they report in a press release.
“In line with EU climate goals, Intel is on track to meet its 2030 sustainability goals, which include achieving net positive water use through water conservation, recycling and recovery, and funding local water projects that restore more fresh water than it takes in. Additionally, Intel will power its global manufacturing operations with 100% renewable energy to achieve zero waste to landfill.”
The last few weeks, with the war in Europe, have led experts to predict that the war in Ukraine will affect world chip production, further increasing the shortage.
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