News hits the wire that Intel is manufacturing 14nm application processors for smartphone chip designer Spreadtrum. According to a report by DigiTimes, sample shipments are expected to start in October and the fabless Chinese company reportedly hopes to score orders for a line of mid-range Samsung smartphones to be launched in 2017.
Spreadtrum is also contracting TSMC to build chips using the foundry's 16nm process technology, the sources identified. In the pure-play foundry space, Intel has grown its customer base at a gradual pace.
Intel previously introduced LG Electronics as the first company to use its 10nm process technology to build ARM-based mobile SoCs. LGE is reportedly among TSMC's 16nm and 28nm clients.