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Intel to Spend Bundle on U.S. Plants

The investment should mean 6,000–8,000 construction jobs and 800–1,000 new jobs at Intel

Waving the American flag, Intel said it's going to spend $6 billion-$8 billion upgrading four manufacturing plants in Arizona and Oregon equipping them for state-of-the-art 22nm chip production - which starts late next year with Ivy Bridge - and building a new fab called D1X in Oregon scheduled for R&D start-up in 2013.

It's building that plant in the states although it complains that it can cost a billion dollars more to build it here rather than overseas because of the lack of tax credits and incentives, not labor costs. Intel wants that fixed.

It does 75% of its manufacturing in the U.S. although it generates 75% of its revenues abroad.

The investment, which Intel claims "will create capacity for innovation we haven't yet imagined," should mean 6,000-8,000 construction jobs and 800-1,000 new jobs at Intel. It also said the investment would allow it to maintain its current manufacturing base at these U.S. sites.

Next-generation 22nm chips are supposed to enable sleeker device designs, higher performance and longer battery life at lower costs.

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