The expansion will also include building an office building, a manufacturing support building and a parking structure.
Intel announced the development of D1X in October 2010 during a celebratory press conference at the company's Ronler Acres campus in Hillsboro. The facility is to be the company's most advanced research and development fab featuring 200,000-square-feet of clean room space. It's where Intel will develop its next generation of chip technology that won't likely hit the market until later in the decade.
MacKenzie referred to original D1X project as Mod1. The expansion will feature a second module, called Mod2, that will be built onto Mod1.
It will serve the same research and development function — in other words, it won't be a high-volume production facility. The expansion, MacKenzie said, simply adds additional capacity to that work.
"It’s really just an extension of D1X," MacKenzie said.