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Intel confirms that they are ready to manufacture ARM Processors in their Fab. I’ve been suggesting this for years, now it seems to be true!
At the ARM developers’ conference today, Intel partner Altera announced that the world’s largest semiconductor company will fabricate its ARM’s 64-bit chips starting next year.
Intel is to provide what the market wants, if people want ARM Processors, why should Intel not fabricate them in their Fabs?
Altera Corporation today announced that its Stratix 10 SoC devices, manufactured on Intel’s 14 nm Tri-Gate process, will incorporate a high-performance, quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex™-A53 processor system, complementing the device’s floating-point digital signal processing (DSP) blocks and high-performance FPGA fabric.
Press release: http://newsroom.altera.com/press-releases/nr-altera-arm-a53.htm
Why wouldn’t Intel try to compete with Samsung, TSMC, Global Foundries to make the ARM Processor designs that the market wants!
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. We have said that we will be open to manufacturing competitive architectures and would evaluate them on a case by case basis,
said Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy.
Also, I believe Intel is probably working on their own ARM Processors designs, why not ARM Intel for Laptops, for Tablets, for Smartphones, for Smart TVs, for the Internet of Things. I believe that Intel’s new CEO was put into place to lead this new strategy at Intel, to make the processors that the market demands for.
Who knows, maybe Intel is able to make some of the best ARM Processors on the market, who knows, maybe Apple wants to make their next ARMv8 64bit Processor in an Intel Fab! Maybe Nvidia, Qualcomm would be happy to have some of their next ARM designs manufactured in Intel’s Fab!