Is Intel on the slippery slope to fablessness? It seems an outrageous question to ask about a company co-founded by the progenitor of Moore’s Law.
But this week’s news that it is putting out leading edge chips to foundry on TSMC’s 14nm process shows how precarious is Intel’s control of its process technology.
The latest best guess for Intel’s 10nm process is Q4 2019 – three years later than originally intended.
With 10nm in its sights, obviously Intel doesn’t want to build any more 14nm capacity, but Intel’s 14nm capacity is full and hence the move to TSMC.
But what happens if, next year, Intel doesn’t get its 10nm process to work?
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