Friday, February 3, 2012

Fabs and their toys

Here's a fun little story in Wired about the friendly competition between two Intel chip fabrication plants regarding which facility has "the world's largest crane" at their construction site.

The Lampson Transi-Lift is operating at a construction site in Oregon, while the Sarens SGC-120 is operating at a construction site in Arizona.

I've heard it said that chip fabrication plans (and Intel's fabs in particular) are the most sophisticated buildings on earth, so it's no surprise that it takes the most powerful cranes to build them.

Of course, they said "land-based", so I guess the Left Coast Lifter is in its own category.

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