Located just outside of Albuquerque, Intel's New Mexico site resides in Rio Rancho. Intel came to New Mexico in 1980 and began operations with fewer than 25 employees. Today, Intel New Mexico is the largest private-sector industrial employer in Albuquerque. Intel New Mexico is primarily a manufacturing site, developing flash memory chips, as well as Intel® Celeron® and Intel® Pentium® processors for mobile, desktop, server and workstation computing.
Intel New Mexico is Intel's first high-volume producer of microchips on 300mm wafers using 0.13-micron technology. The wafers have more than twice as much silicon surface area and allow about 2.4 times as many computer chips to be produced on a single wafer compared with 200mm (8-inch) wafers which are standard in many manufacturing plants.
Intel New Mexico has received numerous recognitions for its business ethics and corporate citizenship in the areas of Environmental Excellence, Pollution Prevention, Diversity and Community Service. Intel New Mexico also became the first Excellence Award winner as part of the state's Green Zia Environmental Excellence program.