Intel Details Mixed-Source Chip Strategy and TSMC Partnerships

Intel on Thursday gave new particulars of its turnaround technique to supply subcomponents of its chips from exterior factories, together with new specifics of partnerships with rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).

Intel is without doubt one of the few remaining semiconductor companies that also designs and manufactures its personal chips. But it misplaced its lead in making the quickest chips to TSMC, which focuses on manufacturing designs from exterior companies, after missteps in its manufacturing operations.

Intel Chief Executive Pat Gelsinger earlier this yr outlined the corporate’s strategy to regain its footing in manufacturing by 2025. But within the meantime, Intel is making an attempt to stop additional erosion of its chip market share by rivals comparable to Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Nvidia, who’ve quicker choices.

Part of Intel’s reply includes tapping rivals like TSMC for subcomponents of chips known as “tiles” and stitching these collectively in Intel’s personal factories with packaging know-how. Intel on Thursday stated its new “Ponte Vecchio” chip will use key tiles made with TMSC’s “N5” and “N7” chipmaking applied sciences, positioned on prime of an Intel-made base.

The “Ponte Vecchio” chip’s first main use will probably be in a supercomputer that Intel is constructing for the US Department of Energy.

Raja Koduri, senior vp of Intel’s accelerated computing methods and graphics group, conceded it had been years since Intel challenged Nvidia at rushing up synthetic intelligence software program, a market that has powered a lot of the chip trade’s growth lately.

Koduri stated the “Ponte Vecchio” chip is quicker than Nvidia’s choices at a few of these duties.

“For a decade, we let them just have free reign,” Koduri stated. “That ends now.”

Intel earlier this week additionally gave a brand new identify to its graphics chips that may problem Nvidia’s different main market of video gaming.

Intel stated Thursday its “Alchemist” graphics chips will probably be made by TSMC utilizing the latter’s newly named “N6” chipmaking know-how, an upgraded model of its “N7” know-how. Reuters reported in January that Intel would use TSMC’s upgraded know-how.

© Thomson Reuters 2021

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