Nvidia's in talks with Intel to use their foundry services
Nvidia could become a client of Intel Foundry Services
Published: 25th March 2022 | Source: Tom's Hardware |
Could future Nvidia products soon have Intel Inside?
An Nvidia graphics card that made by Intel? Yes, that could be what the future holds for the PC market, as Nvidia's CEO, Jensen Huang, has confirmed that the company is in talks to use Intel Foundry Services (IFS) to manufacture some of the company's future chips.
Intel is working hard to promote Intel Foundry Services, a section of Intel that will be dedicated to manufacturing chips for 3rd parties. This is part of Intel's IDM 2.0 initiative, a strategy that could see Intel rival Samsung and TSMC within the silicon foundry market. Currently, Nvidia is one of TSMC's largest customers, but Nvidia does not want to become reliant on a single foundry.
At this time, Nvidia is only exploring Intel Foundry Services as an option, which means that we should not expect to see Intel made Nvidia graphics cards anytime soon. Deals between foundries and their partners can take years to mature, as it takes a lot of time and effort to design and manufacture products on the latest silicon fabrication technologies.
Below is what Nvidia's Jensen Huang had to say about Intel Foundry Services in a recent Q&A session (Via Tom's Hardware).
Our strategy is to expand our supply base with diversity and redundancy at every single layer. At the chip layer, at the substrate layer, the system layer, at every single layer. We've diversified the number of nodes, we've diversified the number of foundries, and Intel is an excellent partner of ours.
They're interested in us using their foundries, and we're very interested in exploring it.
I am encouraged by the work that is done at Intel, I think this is a direction they have to go, and we're interested in looking at their process technology. Our relationship with Intel is quite long; we work with them across a whole lot of different areas, every single PC, every single laptop, every single PC, supercomputer, we collaborate.
We have been working closely with Intel, sharing with them our roadmap long before we share it with the public, for years. Intel has known our secrets for years. AMD has known our secrets for years. We are sophisticated and mature enough to realize that we have to collaborate.[...] We share roadmaps, of course, under confidentiality and a very selective channel of communications. The industry has just learned how to work in that way.
If IFS proves to be successful, Intel could be manufacturing chips for many of their competitors, including AMD. Should Intel deliver performant and efficient lithography nodes to its partners, there is little reason for chipmakers to avoid using Intel's services. That said, an AMD or Nvidia processor that's fabbed by Intel would still be a strange sight.
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