Intel Ceases Chipset Production in Costa Rica

The company moved this operation to factories in Asia, because it wants to concentrate its Costa Rican facility in the production of server microprocessors.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The chipset assembly plant had been installed in Costa Rica in 2003, adding to a server production facility and a distribution center. Intel already has chipset plants in Malaysia and China.

The article by Juan Fernando Lara, from, reported that corporate affairs manager for Intel Costa Rica, Karla White, said: "The process of taking chipsets from Costa Rica responds to increased demand among corporate server customers. There is growing awareness in the world that new technologies offer increased energy efficiency and data processing, which increases demand in the server market for data centers".

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Intel to Invest $25 Million in Costa Rican Facility

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During 2010, the multinational corporation will invest in new machinery to assemble and test microprocessors.

By the end of 2010, the company will have invested a total $700 million in its 13 years operating in the country.

Karla Blanco, Intel's Corporate Relations director, told "... this year we will update the technology used to assemble 32 nanometer chips and to begin producing 22 nanometer ones".

Intel Costa Rica Sales Up 18%

December 2009

Exports from Intel's Costa Rican facility increased 18% year-over-year, reaching $595 million.

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Intel is Expanding Its Production in Costa Rica

May 2009

The transnational will transfer the manufacture of some of its products to the country beginning in September.

Said products were being manufactured at its plants in Asia (Malaysia and Philippines), which were closed at the beginning of the year due to the crisis.

Hassel Fallas wrote in the Nación website: "The lines of products that will be transferred are microprocessors for servers, central processing units (CPUs) for desktop computers and chipsets, which are a computer’s "nervous system."

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