Intel to buy Qlogic's InfiniBand assets for $125 million

Jos

TS Evangelist
Intel announced today it has agreed to acquire QLogic's InfiniBand business for $125 million in cash, a move that's designed to enhance the company's networking and scalable high performance computing…

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Chazz

TS Evangelist
Does Intel have to build a new factory everytime they go down to a smaller process? Do they continue to use their old fabs? Or later turn them into smaller process fabs? I see a lot of articles about them building fabs, this seems very expensive.

I know nothing about cpu design.
 

zillion

TS Rookie
they build alot of new fabrics, because it is cheapper to build a new production line for a new die shrink then it is to change the current production lines and maintain the production of the old gen. chips so u dont have to swop and/or change the machines.
 

dividebyzero

trainee n00b
Does Intel have to build a new factory everytime they go down to a smaller process? Do they continue to use their old fabs? Or later turn them into smaller process fabs? I see a lot of articles about them building fabs, this seems very expensive.
Intel do both. Depends on the plant upgradeability and local infrastructure. Fab 42 is a ground up new build and was planned a few years back. Being able to validate/QA </=14nm without disrupting their older processes. Fab 42 shares the site at Chandler, Arizona with Fab 12 (which makes chipsets on 65nm) and Fab 32 ( which makes CPU on 45 and 32nm). ( Fab's 12 and 32 are due to be upgraded in the near future- presumeably once Fab 42 is up to capacity)

Intel also maintain Fabs at Hillsboro, Oregon ( D1C -32/22nm, D1D -22nm, plus planned Fab D1X -research), Rio Rancho, New Mexico (Fab 11X -32nm), Leixlip, N.Ireland -65 and 90nm CPU and NAND flash), Kiryat Gat, Israel (Fab 28 -45nm moving to 22nm CPU), Dalian, China (65nm chipsets) and Massachusetts.