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Intel Announce Collaboration With TSMC On Atom Platform

As previously known, Intel and the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) made a joint announcement of future collaboration today, dubbed a memorandum of understanding (MOU).  In this agreement, the Atom processor will be ported to TSMC's technology platform.  This, however, does not mean that Intel is outsourcing the production of the Atom processor.  The manufacturing of the current generation will remain in Intel's field.  Instead, it means that both companies will have access to each other's technologies in order to further develop and expand the Atom line into other mobile platforms.  Intel hopes to implement their Atom System-on-Chip solution is a multitude of platforms, such as mobile internet Devices (MIDs), smart-phones, netbooks, nettops, and AC-powered consumer electronics devices.

"We believe this effort will make it easier for customers with significant design expertise to take advantage of benefits of the Intel Architecture in a manner that allows them to customize the implementation precisely to their needs," said Paul Otellini, Intel president and CEO. "The combination of the compelling benefits of our Atom processor combined with the experience and technology of TSMC is another step in our long-term strategic relationship."

"TSMC values our strategic relationship with Intel. This MOU brings together the Intel Architecture and the TSMC technology platform. We expect this collaboration will help proliferate the Atom processor SoC and foster overall semiconductor growth," said Dr. Rick Tsai, president and CEO of TSMC. "With this agreement, our technology platform extends beyond the two companies’ current collaboration to support future Intel embedded x86 products."

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