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Rio Rancho, New Mexico

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Offering panoramic views of the Sandia Mountains and the Rio Grande River Valley, Intel New Mexico resides in Rio Rancho, a suburb of Albuquerque.

Intel has had a major manufacturing presence in Rio Rancho since 1980. Operations began with fewer than 25 employees; today, Intel New Mexico is the largest private-sector industrial employer in Albuquerque and the second largest employer in the state.

Intel New Mexico employees manufacture and test technology products for mobile, desktop, server, and workstation computing at our Fab 11X manufacturing complex. Fab 11X includes 400,000 square feet of clean room space, making it the largest clean room operated by Intel globally and one of the largest in the world.

Originally opened in 2002, Fab 11X was Intel's first 300 mm high-volume manufacturing factory to produce 90 nanometer (nm) chips. In 2007, Intel upgraded the facility to produce 45 nm chips, and we made a second multibillion dollar investment in 2010 to upgrade the facility to produce Intel's next generation, 32 nm chip technology.

The state of New Mexico worked with Intel to create what was then the third-fastest supercomputer in the world (currently ranked No. 32). The Intel® Xeon® processor-powered supercomputer, known as "Encanto," is housed at the Rio Rancho campus.

Cool stuff at Intel Rio Rancho

In addition to our many benefits and programs, employees get a bunch of other perks! Here's a peek at some of the cool stuff that makes Intel Rio Rancho a great place to work.

  • State-of-the-art fitness centers (including personal trainer sessions)
  • Sports courts and fields, and activity clubs (basketball, golf putting green, horseshoes, walking/jogging path, volleyball)
  • Indoor recreation amenities (billiards, gaming consoles, ping pong/table tennis, table football/foosball, TVs)
  • Pampering amenities (massage chairs and onsite massage services)
  • Cafes with free fruit, drinks, and popcorn, plus discounted meals
  • ATMs, dry cleaning
  • Health for Life Centers (onsite healthcare for employees), Weight Watchers sessions, blood pressure machines, and nursing mother rooms
  • Family Fun Night events, employee discount programs, waterless car wash service
  • "Beyond the Cube" series featuring world-class outside speakers inside Intel
  • Networking platforms where employees can connect with each other

Caring for our planet and inspiring the next generation

Intel hires students and graduates from the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University.

Intel New Mexico forms partnerships with local schools, universities, government, and nonprofit organizations to give children the education and tools they need to succeed; investments include USD 32 million for the construction of Rio Rancho High School and over USD 1.75 million in equipment, cash, and technology programs for the Santa Fe Indian School.

The Intel® Teach program has trained more than 10,000 educators in the New Mexico area, helping them integrate technology in the classroom.

Through volunteerism and monetary donations, Intel New Mexico helps integrate technology into arts and culture. Intel donated more than USD 2 million in technology tools for the National Hispanic Cultural Center, and nearly USD 2 million in cash and in-kind donations to the Explora! Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque.

Intel New Mexico has received numerous recognitions in the areas of environmental excellence, pollution prevention, diversity, and community service. Intel New Mexico also became the first Excellence Award winner as part of the state's Green Zia Environmental Excellence program.

Intel New Mexico partners with the City of Albuquerque and KOAT-TV to host an electronic waste recycling event, and we recently installed Intel Rio Rancho's first solar energy system. The photovoltaic array offsets power consumed at the facility, and as a side benefit, provides covered parking for cars, including outlets in two stalls for electric vehicle charging.