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Intel Foundry Services Wins US Government Contract To Develop Leading Edge Fabs

The US wants a next-gen fab and Intel thinks they can create it

Intel Foundry Services Wins US Government Contract To Develop Leading Edge Fabs

Intel Foundry Services Wins US Government Contract To Develop Leading Edge Fabs

The world is currently experiencing a shortage of high-end semiconductors, where high-end fabricators are not even close to fulfilling the world's demand for chips. What's worse is that these chipmakers are concentrated in Asia, primarily within Taiwan and South Korea, leaving global powers concerned about their supply of high-end semiconductor products. 

The USA and EU are hoping to decentralise the world's supply of high-end semiconductors by promoting growth within their own semiconductor industries. Both want more semiconductor production within their borders, both for commercial and security benefits. 

The US Department of Defence (DoD) has drafted Intel Foundry Services, alongside a consortium of partners such as IBM, Cadence, and Synopsys, to provide semiconductor fabrication services under their Rapid Assured Microelectronics Prototypes - Commercial (RAMP-C) program. Through this, the DoD wants Intel and its partners to create a semiconductor IP and manufacturing ecosystem surrounding Intel's 18A process technology. 

RAMP-C is one of many long-term semiconductors programs that the US is exploring, as the supply of leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing within the US is seen as a necessity moving forward. At this time, it is unknown what financial assistance will be given to Intel and its partners to achieve these goals. 

This development is great news for Intel Foundry Services, as having the US Department of Defense as a customer is a huge win for the newly founded group. Intel has previously announced that it will be investing $20 billion to create two new fabs in Arizona. These new facilities will require large-scale customers (like the US DoD) to ensure that these new facilities remain busy and profitable. 
 

Intel Foundry Services Wins US Government Contract To Develop Leading Edge Fabs  

Intel's 18A process technology is due to start ramping in 2025, which means that the company will need to ensure that its Foundry goals are delivered if it wants to benefit fully from its agreement with the DoD. 

With the US and EU seeking additional high-end semiconductor capacity within their borders, Intel is set to become a major beneficiary of government funding as one of the few western companies that operate leading-edge foundries. Intel is expected to reveal additional deals with the US and European governments over the coming months. 

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23-08-2021, 15:32:09

KingNosser
While it's good i'm guessing ++++++++++++++++++ on this next gen Quote
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