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The CEO of Intel said yesterday that his company was on track with its plans to move to the .18 micron process in its fabrication plants. Craig Barrett, Intel's CEO, confirmed that an Israeli fab opened earlier this week will use the .18 micron process and will start production in Q3. "It will ramp to fill up the end of year 2000," Barrett said. He said: "It will be one of three or four fabs dedicated to .18 micron technology". At the Intel Developer Forum earlier this year, Pat Gelsinger, a senior VP at the firm, said Intel would have three or four .18 micron fabs running by February 2000. ®

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