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Groundbreaking Plans to Transform Semiconductor Development in Oregon


Intel, a global technology giant, has revealed its ambitious vision for advancing its semiconductor technology development facilities situated at Gordon Moore Park within the scenic landscapes of Ronler Acres, Hillsboro, Oregon. This facility serves as Intel’s central hub for pioneering semiconductor research, technology innovation, and manufacturing in the United States. These plans come to fruition with the invaluable support of the state of Oregon, the city of Hillsboro, Washington County, and in hopeful anticipation of backing from the U.S. CHIPS and Science Act.

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Intel’s substantial investments in its research and development (R&D) and manufacturing operations in Oregon play a pivotal role in the company’s pursuit of technological leadership. As part of its grand strategy to infuse more than $100 billion into the United States over a five-year span, Intel’s CEO, Pat Gelsinger, outlined this vision at September’s Intel Innovation event.

The intricate details of Intel’s plans encompass the following:

  1. Revamping Existing Technology Development Facilities: The company is committed to enhancing its current technology development facilities at the Gordon Moore Park campus, equipping them with state-of-the-art process technology and tools, thereby propelling the campus to the forefront of innovation.
  2. Introduction of Cutting-Edge Technology: A noteworthy feature includes the anticipated arrival of the world’s first high-numerical aperture extreme ultraviolet (high-NA EUV) lithography tool later this year.
  3. Permit Application for Expansion: Furthermore, Intel is set to initiate the application process for permits that would pave the way for a potential multibillion-dollar expansion of Intel’s R&D and manufacturing capacity.

These investments, mirroring similar commitments across other Intel locations in the U.S., hinge on support from the U.S. CHIPS Act. They are projected to yield thousands of new permanent and construction jobs, while also securing Oregon and the Pacific Northwest’s position as the epicentre of U.S. semiconductor research and technology development for years to come.

It’s essential to note that Intel stands as the sole leading-edge semiconductor manufacturer with its research and development and technology development headquarters in the United States. Oregon, through its support, plays a vital role in Intel’s strategy to regain technological leadership by 2025 and realize the company’s IDM 2.0 vision. Incentives provided by the U.S. CHIPS Act hold the potential to significantly expedite advancements at the site, thereby ensuring the United States maintains its supremacy in leading-edge semiconductor technology.

Hillsboro, Oregon, is home to Intel’s facilities that constitute the core of the most influential semiconductor innovation cluster in the nation. The company nurtures strong partnerships with the local government, educational institutions, construction trades, and nonprofits. On April 5, 2023, during her visit to Oregon, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo commended the unity and strength of this diverse ecosystem, expressing being “blown away” by the collaboration between Intel, the community, and the government in driving the semiconductor industry in Oregon.

Intel’s Technology Development Group, headquartered in Oregon, conducts research that peers into the technological future, with teams exploring new process technologies a decade or more ahead. Simultaneously, Intel is committed to mitigating its environmental impact by investigating eco-friendly chemistries and treatment methods, contributing to its pledge to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across its global operations by 2040.

As part of its broader mission, Intel is dedicated to widening access to opportunities, empowering the next generation of innovators, and expanding the talent pool within the industry. Collaborative investments in programs with universities, community colleges, and local school districts across the state underscore Intel’s commitment to STEAM education and fostering accessible workforce pathways.