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With one million square feet and more than 1,000 employees, Fab 32 is Intel's latest environmentally-friendly factory that will manufacture tens of millions of the most energy-efficient processors the company has ever made. These processors are based on Intel's groundbreaking transistors with Hafnium-based high-k metal gate silicon technology, the biggest change to how transistors are made in 40 years.
 

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Fab 32 Building
 
     
Intel's first high-volume 45nm chip factory officially opened today in Chandler, Ariz. The building, a $3 billion investment, measures 1 million square feet, roughly the size of 17 U.S. football fields, with 184,000 square feet of clean room space, which is approximately equal to the size of three U.S. football fields.
 

Fab 32 Interior
 
An Intel manufacturing technician, shown here, uses a scanner to start the very first 45 nm production lot of 300 mm wafers inside of Fab 32 Intel's first high-volume 45nm chip factory in Chandler, Ariz. The new factory will produce millions of Intel's new 45nm high-k metal gate microprocessors, the first of which are scheduled to launch on Nov. 12.
 
Miles and miles of tracks make up the automated handling system that runs along the ceiling of Intel's Fab 32 in Chandler, Ariz. Wafers are transported in front opening unified pods (or "FOUPs") along these tracks from tool to tool as they go through Intel 45nm manufacturing process.
 
     
The front opening unified pod (or "FOUP") like the one shown here is used to transport the first 45nm production lot of 300 mm wafers through Fab 32, Intel's first high-volume 45nm chip factory in Chandler, Ariz.
 
 
Technicians and engineers walk down the long hallways of Fab 32, Intel's first high-volume 45nm chip factory in Chandler, Ariz. The new facility includes 184,000 square feet of clean room space, which is approximately equal to the size of three U.S. football fields, and will make millions of Intel's 45nm high-k metal gate processors.
 

45nm Wafer Close-up
 
     
Intel's 300mm 45nm wafers like the one shown here are used to make it's newest dual and quad-core processors that are made up of hundreds of millions of the company's new 45nm transistors with Hafnium-based high-k metal gate silicon technology.