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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RE: this is why
by poundsmack on Mon 2nd Mar 2009 23:11 UTC in reply to "this is why"
poundsmack
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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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