Costa Rica: Intel to Reopen Assembly Operations

The company announced that over the next three years it plans to invest $350 million in the start-up of chip assembly and testing operations.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

The facilities will be at the company's campus in San Antonio de Belen, and are expected to start operations in the second half of 2021, once the necessary certifications are approved, informed the Costa Rican Coalition of Development Initiatives (Cinde).

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These operations are part of Intel's Manufacturing and Operations organization. Once silicon wafers are completed in Intel's factories, they are cut and shipped to an assembly and testing facility. Each chip is assembled into a package that protects it and allows it to be connected to other components. Finally, its functionality is tested, details the official release dated December 10, 2020.

Ileana Rojas, General Manager of Intel Costa Rica, said that "... Intel continually evaluates its operations around the world to ensure that we have the right capacity to meet global demand. We will begin assembly and testing operations in Costa Rica in order to expand our capacity and continue to meet the needs of our customers."

The document adds that the Assembly and Test operations are in addition to the high value activities already in Costa Rica. Intel Costa Rica currently employs more than 2,200 people. Its operations are divided into two large centers:

1. The Research and Development Center (R&D)
2. The Global Service Center

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