Altera announced it will get access to Intel's 14nm FinFET process technology to manufacture its upcoming 64-bit ARM processors. Altera is one of Intel's foundry division's largest planned customers to date.
That means Intel will fabricate starting in 2014 high-end Altera Stratix 10 parts that use four ARM Cortex-A53 cores.
Altera says the Stratix 10 devices -- which will also have embedded DSPs and other logic -- will be its highest performance parts to date. They target a broad range of apps from search engine accelerators to communications data plane processors and radar guidance and security processing.
The deal may give Intel pause about its outsourcing strategy. To date the chip giant has experimented with offering its leading-edge fab processes as foundry services to a handful of chip designers, Altera being one of its largest planned customers to date.