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Intel Corp. will reportedly request a contract maker of semiconductors to make chipsets for its code-named Ivy Bridge microprocessors, which are set to be released in 2012.

One of the main strategy pillars of Intel Corp. is to manufacture everything in house. However, from time to time even one of the largest semiconductor makers has to outsource parts of its production to others. In the most recent ten or twelve years Intel twice outsourced manufacturing of its chipsets to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. Market rumours suggest that Intel wants to do that again in 2012.

Intel plans to outsource manufacturing of its 7-series "Panther Point" chipsets for code-named Ivy Bridge microprocessors to TSMC starting from late 2011, reports DigiTimes web-site. The move will help Intel to free its own manufacturing capacities for other products, however, it is unknown which process technology will be used to make the core-logic sets.

Intel Ivy Bridge processors will be made using 22nm process technology. The central processing units will feature enhance Sandy Bridge micro-architecture.

Intel and TSMC did not comment on the news-story.


Tags: Intel, TSMC, Ivy Bridge, Panther Point, 22nm


Comments currently: 3
Discussion started: 01/02/11 10:52:29 AM
Latest comment: 01/03/11 06:41:13 AM
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I'm sorry but this is never going to happen.

TSMC will not be ready at 22nm within 12 months, never, never, never!

TSMC had to skip 45nm and jumped straight to 40nm, never really got to grips with 40nm having yield issues.

They have just cancelled 32nm and gone for 28nm instead to try and make them competitive in 2011.

TSMC also announced that they will not be making 22nm and jumping to 20nm instead, ready for 2013!

Read your own articles Xbitlabs:

0 0 [Posted by: loadwick  | Date: 01/02/11 10:52:29 AM]
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Please read the article. This is a story about Intel outsourcing CHIPSET production, not CPU production, to TSMC. 22nm is the process node that the Ivy Bridge CPUs will be made at in INTEL'S OWN FABS. Chipsets are made at much larger process nodes because of their lower complexity, power, and performance requirements. For example, the Intel 5-series chipsets used by 45nm and 32nm Core-series CPUs were made on the 65nm process. The Intel 6-series chipsets will be made on the 45nm process. It stands to reason that the 7-series could be fabbed on a 28nm process at TSMC (or maybe even remain at 40nm). This is probably an indication that Intel wants to aggressively retire its 30nm-class fab facilities in favor of 20nm-class fabs.
0 0 [Posted by: Alereon  | Date: 01/02/11 01:53:31 PM]

I think you misunderstood the article, loadwick, it's unlikely and unecessary that the chipsets will be 22nm.
0 0 [Posted by: Malphas  | Date: 01/03/11 06:41:13 AM]


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