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Friday, 17 September 2010 10:07

Abu Dhabi spends $7 billion on chip plant

Written by Nick Farell
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Begins production in 2015
The Abu Dhabi Government-owned Advanced Technology Investment Company is spending a whopping $7bn building its first microchip manufacturing plant. The company selected a site for the plant near Abu Dhabi International Airport and it claims it will be the first microchip factory in the Middle East when it begins production in 2015.

ATIC’s is behind the Globalfoundries microchip business which was an AMD spin off. It has already invested $3.6bn expanding that business improving chip-making plants in Germany and the US.

In March, ATIC paid AMD $2.1bn for a 65.8 per cent stake in Globalfoundries. While ATIC’s stake has since grown to 73 per cent since March, the spokesman said it did not intend to take 100 per cent ownership of Globalfoundaries.

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+1 #1 The_Countess 2010-09-17 10:42
the reason it might be the first is because chip production uses a lot of water... something that isn't exactly available in abundance there.

considering they are building this to have a economy after the oil runs out, using oil the create the fresh water seems to be a non-option. so i wonder what they'll use to provide the water necessary.

edit : i know about 'the sun' but green and middle-east isn't exactly a well known combination. al-thou Abu Dhabi has been making steps in that direction.
also, I haven't actually seen any full/large scale solar desalination plants operational yet.
it would be excellent if Abu Dhabi developed them for this purpose ofcourse... which is why i wondered what they'll use.
 
 
+20 #2 bene 2010-09-17 11:20
Quote:
considering they are building this to have a economy after the oil runs out, using oil the create the fresh water seems to be a non-option. so i wonder what they'll use to provide the water necessary.


Recently i heard they have something really astonishing there. It provides nearly unlimited energy (measured in human scale), is for free and you can use it very efficient to generate fresh water out of salt water. Some mad scientists call it "the sun". I dont know for sure, but some told me that this will be the future. Just hope that miracle sun thing there really exists.
 
 
+4 #3 PHiZiK 2010-09-17 11:31
Quoting The_Countess:
the reason it might be the first is because chip production uses a lot of water... something that isn't exactly available in abundance there.

considering they are building this to have a economy after the oil runs out, using oil the create the fresh water seems to be a non-option. so i wonder what they'll use to provide the water necessary.


Giant water desalination factories will do the trick.
 
 
+7 #4 valhar2000 2010-09-17 11:55
Quoting PHiZiK:
Giant water desalination factories will the trick.


They already have those in the Middle East, and have for decades. They power them with oil, however. Further investment will be needed to transition to solar and windpower in the area, but the possibility certainly exists.
 
 
0 #5 guideX 2010-09-17 12:11
Quoting The_Countess:
the reason it might be the first is because chip production uses a lot of water... something that isn't exactly available in abundance there.


They may not have rivers but Saudi and Abu Dhabi have enough usable fresh bore water to serve billions. Also, when the oil runs out? That will not be in our lifetimes.
 
 
+25 #6 jimbo75 2010-09-17 12:48
Well at least they have plenty of sand so the chips should be cheap. :D
 
 
+7 #7 The_Countess 2010-09-17 14:27
Quoting guideX:
Also, when the oil runs out? That will not be in our lifetimes.


it might not run out completely but unless you're over 50 the cheap and easily accessible oil will be long gone.
the remaining oil will be far to expensive to use for water desalination.
 
 
-4 #8 Kob 2010-09-17 17:58
Israel has always been "thin air" for the Arabs when the news item disadvantage them: "it claims it will be the first microchip factory in the Middle East when it begins production in 2015".

Well, there are chip fabs in Israel for the last 25 years:
Intel Fab 8 in Jerusalem (since 1985 - barely functional today) http://www.intel.com/jobs/israel/sites/jerusalem.htm
Intel Fab 18 in Kiriat Gat (since 1999)
http://www.intel.com/jobs/israel/sites/qiryat-gat.htm
Intel Fab 28 in Kiriat Gat (since 2008 - the big gun) http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/1011245/intel-opens-fab-israel

And no, the plants do not require huge quantities of water - Israel has not got much, they face a multi-year drought, and Fabs 18/28 are situated at a semi-arid region.
 
 
+7 #9 The_Countess 2010-09-18 01:02
Quoting Kob:
Israel has always been "thin air" for the Arabs when the news item disadvantage them

I would too the way Israel treats them.
besides Israel is in the european song festival and the football league. they consider themselves part of europe, not the middle east.

and Israel has been pumping water from their underground water reserves for years. those levels are falling thou, and fast.

and yes chip production facilities DO use large amounts of water. so much so that water conservation is a big issue.

http://spectrum.ieee.org/podcast/semiconductors/design/semicondutor-manufacturing-plants-can-use-as-much-water-as-a-small-city
"Semicondutor Manufacturing Plants can use as much water as a small city."
 
 
+3 #10 Scott 2010-09-18 13:48
Korea will be building 4 1450 megawatt nuclear reactors in UAE, which will also desalinate water.
 

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