Intel plans to use AI robots in automated factories

Intel is looking to the future and has presented its plans for the coming years. The company plans to begin developing the first chips with a manufacturing process in the order of 1 nm by 2027. In addition, it will invest in automated factories with robot helpers using artificial intelligence.

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The company confirmed the information during the Intel Foundry Direct Connect event. According to the general manager of the Foundry Manufacturing and Supply division, Keyvan Esfarjani, the company will start developing Intel 10A (1 nm) from the end of 2027. The technology is expected to be present in new products launched in 2028.

Intel did not release further information about the new chips. Rumors suggest that the company should maintain manufacturing with extreme ultraviolet light (EUV), following the current standard. The expectation is that these chips will present a generational leap of 15% compared to the previous one, the Intel 14A (1.4 nm), scheduled to begin production in 2026. The information is from Tom's Hardware.

Investment in “robot employees”

  • With an eye on new products and the increasing need to increase production volume, Inter also confirmed that it will make investments of around US$100 billion (around R$500 billion) in the coming years.
  • These resources will be used for the construction and updating of industrial parks.
  • The difference between these spaces, according to the company, will be automation.
  • The idea is to use AI Cobots, autonomous robots powered by artificial intelligence to work alongside human professionals.
  • No further details were provided on when the company plans to put these robots into operation and what activities they will perform.
  • Remembering that Intel is one of the companies (along with Amazon, Nvidia, OpenAI, Microsoft and others) that announced that it will invest heavily in the startup Figure AI, specialized in the development of humanoid robots.
  • However, there is also no confirmation that these prototypes are the ones that will be used in future Intel projects.

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