Intel would be "thrilled" to make AMD CPUs in its fabs - CEO Confirms
Intel's betting big on its foundry services, and hopes to win AMD and Nvidia has customers
Published: 19th October 2022 | Source: The Verge |
Intel would be thrilled to make products for AMD and Nvidia
Intel is betting big on the foundry side of its business, opening up their lithography technology to third parties with Intel Foundry Services with hopes to expand across facilities in Europe and the US. Intel wants to become a world-class foundry, rivalling TSMC and Samsung to produce 3rd party designs for fabless semiconductor companies, like AMD and Nvidia.
In a comment to the Verge, Intel's CEO, Pat Gelsinger, said that Intel would be "thrilled" to produce designs for AMD and other rivals. At the inauguration of Intel's new Ohio fab, it was confirmed that Intel were welcoming fabless customers to their site and offered to place their logos next to the site. Even rivals like AMD and Nvidia could get their logos placed there, should they become customers.
Below is what Intel's CEO, Pat Gelsinger, had to say to The Verge.
We had a number of CEOs from fabless companies at the Ohio site, and I said, “That fab module right there, I want to put your logo on it, and I want to say it was made here.”
[You’re going to put an AMD logo on the side of an Intel fab?] - The Verge
Hey, if they choose to manufacture with us, I will be thrilled to do that. It’s the right thing at that level. These are large investments, and they are important for technology — they spawn technical communities.
To become truly competitive within the semiconductor manufacturing space, Intel needs to open its fabs to all major customers, even their direct competitors. That means that AMD and Nvidia could become Intel customers, even if that means giving Intel's competitors access to their latest manufacturing technologies.
While Intel remains committed to creating the fastest CPUs and GPUs, it is clear that they one of the companies main aims is to become the US and Europe's equivalent to TSMC, with leading-edge manufacturing sites across both geopolitical blocs.
Over the next decade, Intel hopes to become one of the world's largest producers of high-end semiconductor chips; not only for themselves, but for their clients. To do so, Intel will need to create leading-edge lithography nodes that can compete with other semiconductor giants, and they will also need to earn the trust of their rivals. Intel needs the technology to create cutting-edge silicon, and customers who are willing to let Intel produce their designs.
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