This approach allows third-party manufacturing technology to be used without the need to outsource its designs entirely, and it can be a lifeline, especially for getting Intel out of the pit of the manufacturing process.
Until now, it has been the principle of both AMD and Intel to make their own chips. However, Intel announced in July that it would postpone the production process change to 7nm for six months, and said it could cooperate with other chip makers in the future. This is because there were many difficulties in converting the production facilities from 14nm to 10nm.
It doesn’t matter where Intel manufactures its chips. But as CEO Bob Swan talks about incorporating other manufacturing processes into its production facility, the idea could be something that could affect Intel’s competitiveness in the future.
Swan said at a ZOOM press conference prior to CES, “Is there a time when Intel will use someone else’s process technology within Intel’s manufacturing environment? The answer is “it’s possible,” he said, acknowledging that a third-party partner could be a card that could be used by Intel. He also said that the ecosystem has evolved considerably over the past decade, and if there is an opportunity or a way to take advantage of some of these industry advances, he believes that Intel would be of top interest in investing in industry innovation.
Swan uses this perspective as one of the ways Intel implements new ideas. “We don’t have to do all of our innovations,” Swan said. “That means more outsourcing. This means that more available third-party IPs can be used, and can be produced not only at our own production facilities, but also at other companies’ facilities. If you ask if Intel could use someone else’s process technology, it would be possible.”
Intel may use some new ideas. This is because, while struggling to move to the 10-nano process, AMD has switched to 7-nano and Samsung’s latest Exynos to 5-nano process.
However, process technology is a complex technology that cannot be determined simply by numbers. Swan didn’t give specific information on whether such negotiations were currently underway, whether Intel could use other vendors’ process technology on its own, or just lending space to a third party. [email protected]
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