Industry sources confided to DigiTimes that Intel plans to outsource the production of its Panther Point chipsets to TSMC. Panther Point is a future chipset that will be bundled with Intel's Ivy Bridge processors in Q1 2012. Outsourcing chipset production will help Intel to cut costs and will allow the chip giant to increase its focus on production using more advanced technology processes.
Intel plans to outsource the production of its Panther Point chipsets which will be paired with Ivy Bridge CPUs to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacture Company (TSMC), according to industry sources. Intel is scheduled to launch the Ivy Bridge CPUs in the first quarter of 2012.
The outsourcing will not only help Intel save production costs so as to tackle price competition brought on by AMD's Fusion APUs, but also allow the chipmaker to focus on production using advanced technology processes, the sources noted.