Tuesday, October 30th 2018

Intel to Outsource Entry-level CPU and Chipset Fabrication to TSMC

Intel is facing a manufacturing crisis, in which demand has far outstripped supply, and the company is firing up all its silicon fabrication facilities to manufacture 14 nm products, mainly processors under the Core and Xeon brands. We've been hearing reports since early-September of Intel seeking out third-party foundries such as TSMC to manufacture its chipsets. We now get confirmation that TSMC will also manufacture entry-level Intel processors under brands such as Atom, Celeron, and Pentium Silver SoCs, leaving the company's socketed processors to Intel's fabs. DigiTimes does not name the third-party foundry as TSMC, but mentions that the only company that meets Intel's requirements at the moment is TSMC.
Source: DigiTimes
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13 Comments on Intel to Outsource Entry-level CPU and Chipset Fabrication to TSMC

#2
Flanker
Atom has been outsourced to TSMC before.
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#3
R0H1T
"Flanker said:
Atom has been outsourced to TSMC before.
Atom meant for phones/tablets or desktops? I know about the former.
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#4
The Quim Reaper
Have you noticed since the Chinese started to have disposable income to spend on stuff like PC's, components have been in an almost perpetual state of short supply.
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#5
Jozsef Dornyei
A large portion of Chinese population is locked inside small apartments with little will and incentive to go out.
Think about air pollution in a lot of Chinese cities and regions.
That will ensure high tech purchase rates - including PCs.
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raschmidt
"Jozsef Dornyei said:
A large portion of Chinese population is locked inside small apartments with little will and incentive to go out.
Think about air pollution in a lot of Chinese cities and regions.
That will ensure high tech purchase rates - including PCs.
Are you trolling or really that ignorant?
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m4dn355
"Jozsef Dornyei said:
A large portion of Chinese population is locked inside small apartments with little will and incentive to go out.
Think about air pollution in a lot of Chinese cities and regions.
That will ensure high tech purchase rates - including PCs.
Yeah right, other countries are pollution-free. . .
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TheinsanegamerN
"m4dn355 said:
Yeah right, other countries are pollution-free. . .
China has a serious pollution problem. They do not have the environmental regulations that many other countries have, and far more industry then countries lacking in regulations similar to them.

That combination leaves their cities a polluted mess. No city is perfect by any means but Chinese cities are noticeably filthier.
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#9
windwhirl
Would be interesting to know how much of production capacity every product line takes. If Intel is confident they can fix this issue just by dumping entry-level on TSMC...

"TheinsanegamerN said:
China has a serious pollution problem. They do not have the environmental regulations that many other countries have, and far more industry then countries lacking in regulations similar to them.

That combination leaves their cities a polluted mess. No city is perfect by any means but Chinese cities are noticeably filthier.
I think they even have screens that display the dawn in Beijing, because apparently the pollution has reached such level that they can't even see the sun rise or set.

I suppose I wouldn't be really interested in going out either, all things considered, unless I had a gas mask. And then I would worry about pollution sticking to my body and clothes.
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#10
Supercrit
The thread started with Intel CPU production and ended up with Chinese city pollution, wow.
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#12
WikiFM
I still wonder how is Intel redesigning their entry level CPUs since TSMC doesn't have a 14 nm process, that means 16/12 nm instead right?
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yotano211
"The Quim Reaper said:
Have you noticed since the Chinese started to have disposable income to spend on stuff like PC's, components have been in an almost perpetual state of short supply.
Chinese people prefer to use smartphones than PCs like desktop or laptops.
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