August 17, 2016 // By Peter Clarke
Intel Custom Foundry has made a statement of intent that it is serious about competing with the likes of TSMC, Samsung and Globalfoundries by agreeing a full support package for ARM intellectual property on the upcoming 10nm FinFET manufacturing process.
The deal could also mark the start of the disaggregation of Intel and its eventual splitting up into separate manufacturing service and technology sales constituents, in other words the end of Intel as we have known it.
In the short term the deal is an acknowledgement that – at least in mobile – ARM's architecture rules the roost and it is what chip developers insist on for their system chips. Despite billions of dollars spent trying to get into mobile Intel Corp. has concurred and let its foundry manufacturing operation cut a deal.
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