It was rumored however now it appears to be confirmed — Intel is BFFs with TSMC — from a DigiTimes report that RetiredEngineer tweeted about. The report teased: “Intel signed a contract to outsource CPUs to TSMC utilizing 3nm. Disaster of shortages and course of falling behind will probably be resolved by the tip of subsequent 12 months“.
Yep, it is occurred — Intel is outsourcing manufacturing of its CPUs after the clusterf*** that it has been over the previous couple of years and into the gifted fingers of TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Firm). RetiredEngineer offered a translation of DigiTimes report, which highlights some juicy details:
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You’ll be able to see there DigiTimes stories that its sources within the semiconductor business say that Intel and TSMC have “already concluded negotiations on an outsourcing settlement. Not like prior to now the place non-core merchandise had been outsourced to TSMC, the dimensions of those new orders are bigger than anticipated, and can use TSMC’s 3nm course of slated to enter mass manufacturing within the second half of 2022. Intel is about to change into TSMC’s second largest buyer, subsequent to Apple. The cooperation between the 2 will proceed via the 2nm era, Intel wouldn’t touch upon market rumors“.
The report continued, including that “Intel had already signed a brand new outsourcing contract with TSMC in 2020. The biggest order is for CPUs that may use TSMC’s 3nm course of slated to enter mass manufacturing within the second half of 2020. Intel’s know-how manufacturing staff has already visited Southern Taiwan Science Park a number of instances prior to now 2 years to know the progress. Barring the unexpected, Intel will undertake a dual-track manufacturing technique. Excessive quantity manufacturing for brand spanking new, core product will probably be dealt with by TSMC with Intel can even concurrently produce them internally, however at a smaller manufacturing“.