This video is a manufacturing IT case study that shows Intel's first true 300mm manufacturing fab in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. While its first 300mm fab was in Oregon, it was dual-tasked with development. Here you see what a real manufacturing environment is like at the cutting edge of technology in the mid-2000's. If you watch the Intel fab from 1980, you will be amazed at the difference 25 years makes. It's like a baby growing into an adult. Not only are things highly automated, wireless computing enables an incredible level of mobility. The cleanroom extends outward to even the playground, allowing workers much more freedom. Bunny suits are very different as well. Wafers are loaded by robots. Photoresist processing units are fully automated, shiny stainless steel affairs. There are no operators at the inspection stations, they're just standing around. About the only thing that's the same is the Intel orange color scheme and the focus on safety.
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