Intel subcontracts the production of its Core i3s to TSMC to move faster to 5nm

Core i3s made in TSMC. According to a report based on ” extensive research »From the group’s analysts Trendforce, Intel and the Taiwanese semiconductor giant are starting a new partnership around the manufacturing of CPU processors.

TSMC is expected to start manufacturing Core i3 processors – still designed by Intel – in the second half of 2021. And, again according to Trendforce, other entry-level and high-end processors would be placed in the care of Taiwanese factories as of middle of next year as well. The latter could be engraved in 3 nm if all goes as planned, and several of them would be the first of the chiplets type.

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Intel wants to catch up and give it some air

While Intel has switched a large part of its production of chips for laptops and mini PCs to 10 nm (against 14 nm for the next processors for desktop PCs, the Rocket Lake-S), the latter wants to further accelerate its transition technology by calling on an external partner. TSMC masters 5nm, Intel started its work on 7nm a while ago but is struggling to get it done.

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AMD, for its part, offers CPU and GPU processors in 7 nm because it has entrusted their manufacture to … TSMC. The Apple Silicon M1 are also made in Taiwan.

Finally, Nvidia, for its part, often calls on TSMC or Samsung according to its needs. The first RTX family was mainly made by the Taiwanese, while the current RTX 3000 family has been entrusted to Samsung.

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TSMC – like Samsung – recently entered into discussions with Intel. It seems that a first partnership agreement has been reached to launch the manufacture of one of Intel’s dedicated graphics chips, expected for this year. TSMC would also take care of manufacturing some Atom and Xeon.

Finally, it will be recalled that Intel and TSMC have already been working together for several years, in particular on the manufacture of components other than processors. This alliance is therefore not new but would cement itself a little more.

We have contacted Intel France for a comment from them and will be sure to update this article if its spokespersons wish to comment on the subject.

Source : Eenewseurope

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