Intel's 7-Series "Panther Point" Core-Logic Set May Be Outsourced to TSMC - Rumours

Intel Rumoured to Plan Outsourcing Chipset Production to TSMC Again

by Anton Shilov
12/31/2010 | 08:40 AM

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.