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Intel Slipped, and Its Future Now Depends on Making Everyone Else's Chips

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In the coming years, said CEO Pat Gelsinger, Intel will open the doors of our fab wide for the community at large to serve the foundry needs of our customersmany of them U.S. companies that are dependent on solely having foreign supply sources today.

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Last month, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger stepped to a podium on a hazy, wind-whipped day just outside Phoenix. "Isn't this awesome!" Gelsinger exclaimed, gesturing over his shoulder. Behind him, two large pieces of construction equipment posed theatrically atop the ocher Arizona soil, framing an organized tangle of pipes, steel, and fencing at the company's Ocotillo campus. "If this doesn't get you excited, check your pulse," he said with a chuckle. A handful of executives and government officials applauded at the appropriate points.

Despite the gathering dust storm, Gelsinger genuinely seemed to enjoy himself. He was in Arizona to announce not one but two new fabs that, when finished, will form a $20 billion bet that Intel can return to the leading edge of semiconductor manufacturing, one of the world's most profitable, challenging, and cutthroat businesses.

"Semiconductors are a hot topic these days," Gelsinger continued. "What aspect of your life is not being increasingly driven by digital transformation? If there was any question on that, COVID eliminated it."

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