Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Mar 2009 19:49 UTC
Intel The Atom processor, the only bright spot on Intel's balance sheet, will soon no longer be manufactured by Intel itself (CNet has more). Intel has signed an agreement with the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), outsourcing the production of the successful chip to Taiwan. While it's not the first time Intel outsources production of its silicon, it is still an unusual move for the company to outsource the production of such a major chip.
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this is why
by poundsmack on Mon 2nd Mar 2009 22:28 UTC
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http://componentsforlaptop.com/news/2008/10/02/tsmc-bringing-28nm-c...

28nm atom's. while intel and AMD will be at 32nm by then TSMC will be a little better off.

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RE: this is why
by poundsmack on Mon 2nd Mar 2009 23:11 in reply to "this is why"
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2005-07-13

and:

"As part of the collaboration, Intel Atom CPU cores will be ported to the TSMC technology platform including processes, IP, libraries, and design flows. The result will have Intel Atom SoCs available for a wider range of applications. Intel says it will significantly broaden the market opportunities for the Atom SoCs and accelerate the deployment through multiple SoC implementations."

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RE[2]: this is why
by Treza on Tue 3rd Mar 2009 13:11 in reply to "RE: this is why"
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2006-01-11

You're right, that's the thing.

It is about creating custom SoCs around Intel CPUs.
It is about competing ARM CPUs with x86 architecture IPs.

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RE: this is why
by javiercero1 on Tue 3rd Mar 2009 02:40 in reply to "this is why"
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2005-11-10

TSMC is still working out the kinks out of their 40nm process. Intel has working 32nm *today*.

Intel will be in 22nm lad by the time TSMC has anything close to be working regarding their 28nm process.


By the time they get their 28nm ready (I haven't heard of that node size). Unless their 28 nm is a half node revision of their 40nm process (TSMC has a history of doing 0.5 node increases rather than full node releases, i.e. their 55nm process is pretty much a tweaked 65nm process, like their 80nm was to the 90nm).

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