DigiTimes: Intel has no deal (yet) with TSMC for sub-5nm

Posted on Tuesday, January 26 2021 @ 12:00 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Taiwanese tech site DigiTimes claims Intel has yet to close a deal with TSMC on major future business. Given the struggles with both 10nm and 7nm, Intel is under a lot of pressure from analysts and certain big investors to make a strategic decision about the future of its manufacturing arm. Some believe Intel should continue with its in-house production and try to regain its technological leadership, while others think the firm needs to outsource more to foundries.

Either way, it's a complicated decision given the size of Intel's needs. Intel was expected to make an announcement last week but the decision has been delayed so new CEO Pat Gelsinger can play a part in the decision process.

According to rumors, Intel will outsource the production of some Core processors to TSMC. A recent report said Intel would tap TSMC's 5nm and 3nm for some future products.

DigiTimes on the other hand writes Intel has yet to play a meaningful role in TSMC's sub-5nm efforts.

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