EE Times heard Intel has silently formed a small foundry business. The rumor follows last week's announcement that Intel would manufacture 22nm FPGAs for a startup named Achronix Semiconductor Corp.
''The company has a small foundry business, which operates under the radar and is 'always looking' for customers,'' according to one source. ''The company has been doing this for sometime, but not saying anything about it or at least not publicizing it.''
...>br /> Intel's motives are still unclear. ''I think making money isn't the driving reason for Intel's foundry interests. They'd have to be looking for other gains-like understanding a new technology, or getting their foot in the door of an emerging application,'' the source added.