Intel has just announced its partnership with ARM for the upcoming 10nm chips, which means it’ll be allowed to take advantage of ARM’s technology, and this move would apparently make Samsung and TSMC alert.
According to the company, its 10nm technology promises improvements in transistor scaling and new performance, power and cost benefits as well as a wide range of device features to meet different product requirements. Its 10nm design platform for foundry customers will offer access to ARM Artisan physical IP, including POP IP, based on the most advanced ARM cores and Cortex series processors.
The ARM Artisan platform includes:
* High Performance and High Density Logic Libraries
* Memory Compilers
* POP IP (for future ARM premium mobile cores)
Intel has also shared some exciting news from their customers at Intel Developer Forum (IDF):
* LG Electronics will produce a world-class mobile platform based on Intel Custom Foundry’s 10nm design platform.
* Spreadtrum is designing on Intel’s 14 nm foundry platform.
* Achronix Semiconductor is in production on its Intel 22 nm Speedster 22i HD1000 networking silicon.
* Netronome is in production on its Intel 22 nm networking silicon – NFP-6480.
* Altera is using our foundry platform to build the first true 14 nm FPGA, which offers unprecedented advances in PPA.
This has reinforced the x86 giant’s continued strength in process technology. Neither Samsung nor TSMC would be happy to hear this, because they could probably lose some of their orders. Rumor ever had it that Intel would manufacture A series chips for Apple, and it may well turn into reality in the future.