Here is Intel's plan for Europe: a packaging factory in Italy

Here is Intel's plan for Europe: a packaging factory in Italy

Here is Intel's plan for Europe

Intel recently unveiled its investment plans in Europe: 80 billion euros over the next 10 years, which will be invested throughout the semiconductor supply chain, from research and development departments to the production and packaging of chips. 17 billion will be invested in Germany for the construction of a mega-plant for the production of semiconductors, in France for the creation of a design and research and development hub and in Ireland, Poland, Spain and Italy for the creation of R&D plants. , manufacturing, foundry services and back-end stages of production.

Pat Gelsinger, CEO of Intel, said: “The investments we have planned are a major step for both Intel and Europe. The EU Chips Act will give the opportunity for private companies and governments to work together to significantly advance Europe's position in the semiconductor sector. This large initiative will enhance European research and development and bring cutting-edge chip manufacturing to the continent for the benefit of customers and partners around the world. We are committed to making a decisive contribution to the development of Europe's digital future in the years to come ".

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As for our country, Intel and the Italian state are in the negotiation phase for the realization of a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the back-end phase of the chip manufacturing process, although it has not yet been announced where it will be built. But what is meant by "back-end", exactly? After manufacturing the chip, the wafer is cut to create what are called die and it's time for packaging, or precisely "back-end". A complete processor consists of the die, a heat distribution die and a bottom layer; the green substrate creates the electrical and mechanical connections to allow the processor to interact with the system. The package protects the mold and provides power and electrical connections when plugged directly into a printed circuit board or mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet.

Intel's plant in Italy would envisage an investment of up to 4.5 billion euros, would create approximately 1,500 jobs at Intel and another 3,500 jobs among suppliers and partners. Intel and Italy have the goal of making this plant an excellence in the European Union with new and innovative technologies. In addition, Intel aims to bring innovation and growth opportunities of the semiconductor foundry service to Italy through the acquisition of Tower Semiconductor, which we told you about a few weeks ago. Tower has a significant partnership with STMicroelectronics, with a Fab located in Agrate Brianza.

Intel's investment project involves only a few states, but will have positive consequences for the whole European Union: the goal is to create a virtuous circle of innovation, as well as a stronger supply chain for all of Europe. The Santa Clara giant aims to accelerate cutting-edge chip design capacity, strengthen the European instrumentation and material supply sector and satisfy the large number of customers in Europe in different sectors. The hope is also that these large investments will prove to be a calamity for thousands of engineers and technicians, thus increasing the number of innovators, entrepreneurs and visionaries who will be able to advance Europe in the future.

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