The Oregonian speculates “Intel activity slows in Arizona amid slack demand“.
The company has slowed the installation of production tools at its nearly complete, $5 billion Fab 42 near Phoenix (a fab is the industry’s term for a chip factory), according to Intel suppliers and contractors in Oregon.
These personnel, who asked not to be identified because of their relationship with Intel, say some tools appear to be idle in Arizona. Other tools have been redirected to the new D1X research fab in Hillsboro, which opens its first, $3 billion phase late this year.
When Intel announced plans to build Fab 42 two years ago, it said the Arizona facility would be complete in 2013. That’s still the timeline, according to corporate spokesman Chuck Mulloy — but he wouldn’t say when the facility will begin making high volumes of chips.
From the Mountian View Voice “Toxic vapors found in Google offices“
Over 1,000 Googlers moved into “the Quad” near Whisman Road and Middlefield Road in June of 2012, an area once home to Fairchild and Intel, among others. Those companies used TCE (trichloroethylene) as a solvent in the manufacturing of the first silicon computer chips, leaving behind a massive plume of contaminated groundwater discovered in 1981 — one that may take many more decades to clean up.
From azcentral.com, “Chandler police: Bomb threat made at Chandler Intel campus“
Authorities are investigating a call received on Monday morning of a bomb threat at a building that is under construction at the Intel Corporation’s Ocotillo campus in Chandler.
The building was evacuated after the call was received at about 5:30 a.m. and that police and authorities at Intel are in the process of searching the building, Chandler police spokesman Seth Tyler said. The rest of the facility is still running, police said.
Tyler said authorities searching near the building “haven’t found anything” and that Intel has “been doing a lot of the search on their own.”
Update: Chandler police: No bomb found on Chandler Intel campus:
Authorities found no explosives after a bomb threat on Monday morning at a building under construction at the Intel Corporation’s Ocotillo Campus in Chandler.
The building was evacuated after a call was received at about 5:30 a.m. Police and authorities at Intel finished searching the building using bomb-sniffing canine units at about 2:30 p.m., Chandler police spokesman Seth Tyler said. The rest of the facility is still running, police said.
Tyler said authorities searching near the building did not find anything and that Intel had done a lot of the search on their own.
Construction workers working on the building were sent home around 10 a.m.
From the KRQE story “Workplace prank no kicks for co-worker“
“This is definably a strange one,” Sgt. Nick Onken with Rio Rancho police said.
Onken said a man in his 40s filed a police report this week saying he had enough from his pranky co-workers at the plant in Rio Rancho.
“He stated that he is to the point with this tomfoolery that he doesn’t feel safe any longer in his work environment,” Onken said.
And the tomfoolery that pushed the man over the edge was a sign taped to his back that read “Kick me.”
From the azcentral article “Intel to build $300 million research facility in Chandler“
Construction already is under way on the 285,000-square-foot research facility at Intel’s Chandler campus, northwest of Rural Road and Chandler Boulevard.
The construction project will employ nearly 1,000 workers and is scheduled to be completed in the second half of 2013, Intel officials said.
Intel Vice President and Director of Assembly and Test Technology Development Babak Sabi said the new facility would be used for “package development.”
“Package” refers to the housing around a microchip used to connect the chip to a computer board, Sabi said.
From the Associated Press article “Ex-Intel Worker Gets 3 years for stealing Secrets“
A former Intel Corp. worker in Massachusetts has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for stealing hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of computer chip manufacturing and design secrets while working for a rival company.
I think he was working at Intel when he was hired by AMD and that’s when he started downloading internal documents. He may have had the idea to sell the documents to AMD but AMD said they didn’t put him up to it and had nothing to do with it.
From KOB.com “Rio Rancho residents concerned over Intel emissions“
Rio Rancho residents said they are worried about breathing toxic fumes after receiving a letter from Intel on Wednesday.
Thousands of residents found a monthly update from Intel in their mailbox, mentioning hydrogen fluoride emissions.
David and Aimee Thurlo said Intel has been a good neighbor, but the letter has them questioning their safety.
“The letter has absolutely no information on there. It is, to me, ambiguous,” Aimee Thurlo stated.
Good Job Intel. Send out a ambiguous letter about a chemical you have been emitting for years and freak every one out. No mention if it was also sent to residents of Corrales, who really hate Intel.