How Intel Makes a Chip

How Intel Makes a Chip

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The development of a microprocessor is one of the riskiest, costliest, and most technically complex feats in business. Inside Intel's Chip Factory Before entering the cleanroom in D1D, as Intel calls its 17 million-cubic-foot microprocessor factory in Hillsboro, Oregon, it’s a good idea to carefully wash your hands and face. You should probably also empty your bladder. There are no bathrooms in the cleanroom. Makeup, perfume, and cosmetics are forbidden. Writing instruments are allowed, as long as they’re special sterile pens; paper, which sheds microscopic particles, is absolutely banned. If you want to write on something, you’ll have to use what is known in the industry as “high-performance documentation material,” a paperlike product that doesn’t release fibers. After you put on a hairnet, your next stop is the gowning station,…
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