Site of plant - Photos: Intel's China chip site - CNET News

Site of plant


It doesn't look like much now, but eventually this site will hold an Intel wafer fabrication plant. This Intel employee is holding a 300-millimeter wafer, the material from which individual chips are cut. In late March (when these pictures were taken), the company announced plans to spend $2.5 billion to build the facility.

That expenditure is just one sign of how important China is to the chipmaker. This week, the company is hosting its semiannual Intel Developer Forum in Beijing, a long day's flight from its usual California locale.

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Site in Dalian - Photos: Intel's China chip site - CNET News

Site in Dalian


The site in Dalian, in China's northeast Liaoning province, offers lots of room for expansion. Chips are expected to start coming out of the factory in 2010. For more details on the chips and the facility, see " Intel to produce chips in China."

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Otellini in Beijing - Photos: Intel's China chip site - CNET News

Otellini in Beijing


Intel CEO Paul Otellini won't be on hand for the Beijing IDF, but he did visit in March for a press conference about the Dalian wafer fab. This week's event kicks off Tuesday with an opening speech from Ian Yang, the head of Intel's China operation.

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Billboard advertising - Photos: Intel's China chip site - CNET News

Billboard advertising


In Beijing in late March, a shopper walks past a billboard advertising one of Intel's multicore chips, the Core 2 Duo.

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