Intel has been trying to get its foundry services business off the ground since its launch in 2021, and today it took a major step in that effort. Intel Foundry Services announced a new partnership with Mediatek to manufacture some of its future products. Mediatek was known to previously use TSMC as a factory of choice. Given the diversity of its portfolio, this should not change, but it will now also use Intel Foundry Services (IFS). The company says the new partnership will add some resiliency to its supply chain given Intel’s presence in the US and Europe.
News of the partnership was announced via a press release, and the details were light. In summary, MediaTek will now use Intel Foundry Services to manufacture chips for a new line of smart edge devices. This usually means IoT devices. The word edge means that they are close to the edge of the network, usually processing data entering or leaving a device.
Although neither Mediatek nor Intel specified which node it would use, Intel made light of it via email. An Intel spokesperson told ExtremeTech, “For the initial commitment, MediaTek plans to use Intel 16 to manufacture multiple chips for a range of smart devices. We anticipate a long-term partnership that could span multiple technologies and applications. »
Intel 16 is a refined version of Intel’s first FinFET process on a 22nm node. In the release, Mediatek says it chose Intel because IFS offers a platform optimized for high-performance, low-power, and always-on connectivity. As the slide below shows, Intel 16 is, you guessed it, optimized for high performance and low power consumption.
Intel announced Qualcomm and Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its first customers last year, including that Qualcomm would eventually operate Process Node 20A when it is ready in 2024. AWS
The omission of which Mediatek node from the release is curious as it was part of Intel’s previous partnership news. For example, last year it announced Qualcomm and Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its first big customers. This announcement included Qualcomm tapping into its 20A process, which is expected in 2024. Intel revealed that AWS would use its packaging technology.
This is a big win for Intel, as Mediatek is the fifth largest fabless semiconductor company in the world. It will also help put IFS on the map as a player in the foundry game as it tries to catch up with TSMC. However, he still has a very long way to go. Its recent expansion plans in the United States and Europe form a large part of its long-term strategy, but will take several years to bear fruit. chose the company for some of its future products.