At the beginning of this year, Intel announced that company invested 5,000 million dollars in its Israeli plant to accelerate the production of its 10nm processors, but the unexpected delays in this process forced the company to maintain its current 14nm ++ process, something that company had not planned or expected, causing its entire production to collapse by not being able to feed the market.
To get around the problem a bit, they turn to TSMC to release the 14nm wafers initially destined for their most basic processors and chipsets that now give life to the high-performance CPUs that TSMC is now manufacturing.
Because the 10nm will not be ready until the end of 2019, the company now announced its plans to expand or improve its current factories and thus increase the production of processors to not lose, or at least reduce, the market share to AMD, because the Intel consumer processors have seen their price inflated due to availability.
According to Ann B. Kelleher, senior vice president and general manager of manufacturing and operations at Intel Corporation, Intel will expand its manufacturing capabilities in pursuit of a total addressable market for silicon it estimates at $300B. Ann B.Kelleher announced investments to update Intel factories in Ireland and Israel, these expansions only conceived to improve the production of its wafers @14nm process node. The factory in Oregon will be expanded to increase production in R & D. Additionally, the New Mexico factory also expands with memory and storage in mind, while its most important factory, Fab 42 in Arizona will receive new equipment for the development of DUV and EUV @ 7nm manufacturing process.
Although, 7nm of Intel would arrive in 202 , the company has expanded its investment to avoid surprises, because Intel can not afford to repeat the same failure already committed with 10nm that have left it out of play in the high market performance and professional (data centers, servers, workstation, etc).