Originally Posted by ku4eto
Why would Intel want to open a fabric in the middle of a warzone, in a potentially unstable state. Plus, it wont be really cheap to open it there and operate it....
My main guess is, so they can sell stuff directly to the Israel government and military and get access to certain stuff (no idea what stuff).
It's like saying that any plant in US is in "unstable state". Have you seen how many mass shootings are going on in the US? Damn that place is a warzone. Have you seen what is going on in france? Talk about unstable. Sheesh.
Also one of their big research facilities that has been making next gen chips, is in israel, so it makes sense to upgrade the fab in there as well. The place though doesn't tape the end chip. They make waffers, which then get shipped out to other facilities. So it has nothing to do with israel government or military applications.
The end fact is that israel government are willing to forgo taxes (despite public dismay) in order to make intel put more money into israel and extend its research facilities there. So business wise and money wise, it is worth to intel to spend money there which could cost more if they do the same elsewhere.
Originally Posted by CallsignVega
And not build this facility in the US for what reason?
Cost. Making the facility from scratch or upgrading an existing one in the US could cost way more than 11B$, and also it make it harder for the R&D teams in israel to access production lines.
And before you say "just move the R&D to the US", it will only mean intel will both lose people to their competitors which also have research teams in israel (there is a huge race after those talents), and cost them a hell of a lot even more.