In temporary: On Monday, MediaTek and Intel introduced a strategic partnership that’ll see the previous make the most of the latter’s superior course of applied sciences to assist construct a extra balanced and resilient provide chain.
Intel stated MediaTek goals to make use of Intel Foundry Services (IFS) to create chips for a spread of sensible edge gadgets which can be optimized for top efficiency, low energy and always-on connectivity. Team Blue has important capability within the US and Europe, and will be capable of assist MediaTek increase its attain into these main markets.
Financial phrases of the settlement weren’t shared publicly and we do not know what number of chips Intel will likely be making for MediaTek. The first batch of chips will likely be constructed on the Intel 16 legacy node which is anticipated to be out there for tapeouts later this yr forward of quantity ramps in early 2023. Intel 16 is an enhanced model of the corporate’s 22FFL (FinFET Low Power) course of for much less demanding functions.
MediaTek is among the world’s prime fabless chip designers. Most of the greater than two billion gadgets it makes annually come from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).
“We have the appropriate mixture of superior course of expertise and geographically numerous capability to assist MediaTek ship the subsequent billion linked gadgets throughout a spread of functions,” stated IFS President Randhir Thakur.
Intel in early 2021 introduced the launch of IFS, an initiative to open up its tech to different chipmakers and meet the surging world demand for semiconductor manufacturing capability. In addition to its present world manufacturing facility community, IFS prospects will be capable of faucet new fabs in Ohio and Germany after they go surfing.