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 to Merge Mobile and PC Chip Businesses
Intel plans to combine its mobile chip business with its PC chip business so it can make its mobile chips more competitive. Intel has struggled against competitors Qualcomm and Samsung when it comes to supplying processors for smartphones and tablets.
Intel Buys Stake in Chinese Mobile Chip Vendor
Intel today said it has forged an agreement with Tsinghua Unigroup to co-develop processors for mobile devices. Tsinghua runs both Spreadtrum and RDA, which are fabless semiconductor companies that develop 2G-, 3G-, and 4G-enabled mobile chipset platforms for smart phones, feature phones, and other consumer electronics products.