JERUSALEM, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Intel Corp (INTC.O), 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.
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 nanometre-wide circuitry.
Intel also operates four research and development centres in Israel. (Reporting by Steven Scheer; Editing by Greg Mahlich)