Intel to Fabricate ARM Chips
Intel will begin manufacturing ARM-based 64-bit processors for Altera next year, according to a report in Forbes. Altera announced the news at ARM Developers Conference. Specifically, Intel will make a quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex A53 processor for Altera's Stratix 10 system-on-a-chip. Further, Intel will manufacture the ARM chip using a 14nm processes, which bests the 22nm processes used for its Haswell chips. Intel makes its own mobile processors, but has struggled to gain widespread adoption in smartphones and tablets. By agreeing to manufacture a competitor's chips, Intel is signaling a shift in its business strategy. "Altera and Intel are pleased with the early results of the relationship between the companies and this announcement from Altera is consistent with the agreement we announced earlier this year," said Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy in a statement provided to CNet. "We have said that we will be open to manufacturing competitive architectures and would evaluate them on a case by case basis."
Intel to Allow ARM Chip Builders to Use Its Foundry
Intel today said companies that design and build ARM-based processors will for the first time be able to use Intel's manufacturing facilities to make them. Intel will allow its Intel Custom Foundry customers to use its 10nm FinFET process for ARM cores and Cortex series processors.
Intel to Buy Altera for $16.7 Billion
Intel today said it has agreed to purchase Altera Corp. for $16.7 billion.
Intel Cancels Several Phone Chips
Intel said it will discontinue a handful of processors meant for smartphones and tablets as it continues to shift its business toward more profitable products. In particular, Intel has cancelled plans to sell three of its SoFIA processor-baseband combination chips.
Intel Shows Off New Atom Processors and LTE Modem
Intel today revealed its roadmap for 2015, which includes three new Atom mobile processors called the x3, x5, and x7, in addition to a new LTE modem. The Atom x3 is a system-on-a-chip complete with a modem and is meant for volume devices.
Intel Debuts 5G Radios
Intel today announced a range of 5G modems for mobile devices that rely on various technologies to handle the transition from 4G to 5G. The XMM 8000 series will handle multi-mode operations on 600 MHz and mmWave band around the globe and will be ideal for PCs, phones, and fixed wireless equipment.