Since the beginning of the smartphone advent, tinkerers have known to search for Intel tablets if they wanted to run Windows applications, and Intel phones if they wanted the best chance at running Windows applications on their phone. Although CrossOver may soon change the fact that only x86-based processors like Intel's can run full Windows desktop applications, the fact that Intel hardware means an x86 architecture is also going to change. According to a post on the ARM community, Intel has scored a license for ARM's Artisan Physical IP Solutions, a processor manufacturing package covering a huge range of manufacturing processes all the way down to 10 nanometers, which is exactly what Intel plans to manufacture under this new partnership.
In a collaboration between ARM's IP department and Intel's Custom Foundry department, which allows contract manufacturers access to turnkey operations under Intel's umbrella, Intel will begin manufacturing ARM processors on the 10nm process in their Custom Foundry workshops. ARM will be giving Intel access to their in-house ARM POP technology, allowing Intel to make ARM processors faster and with less risk by giving access to a comprehensive knowledge transfer system that will propagate a full arsenal of manufacturing tools aimed at ARM processors across Intel's entire working stack.
The full spectrum of changes was announced by a who's-who of Intel leaders, along with ARM's Will Abbey, at the Intel Developer Forum. Adding 10nm ARM processors to Intel's portfolio will be the latest move in a long relationship between ARM and Intel. Despite competing for mindshare among consumer product manufacturers for years, the two have always worked together to bring the industry forward as a whole. Intel is set to manufacture two different ARM Cortex A-type processors, the same sort found in Android phones and tablets. Given Intel's recent axing of their Atom low-power chipset lineup, these ARM processors may end up finding their way into lower-cost Intel devices in the future, such as Chromebooks and tablets, and may even give Intel a window to get back into the mobile space. For now, no details about the processors to be made have been released.