Samsung Foundry is one of the largest chip manufacturers in the world, but the new Intel and Arm partnership sets out to challenge this. This partnership will aim to produce smartphone chips for widespread use across a good amount of Android devices. Well, smartphones will be the starting point for this semiconductor partnership, as in the future more products might be rolled out.
For a long time, Samsung has stayed at the top of its game in the semiconductor industry. But they still struggle to design an in-house chip that can level up to the competition. In recent times, Samsung’s Foundry has kicked off the development of the 3nm chip fabrication process.
But Intel and Arm have their eyes on the price in the smartphone chip industry. The two firms popular with the production of chips for computers, smart connected devices and CPUs in various devices are now gunning for Samsung’s plan. This will improve competition in the semiconductor manufacturing industry, hence rolling out products that might improve overall device performance.
Intel and Arm partnership to bring new low-power compute SoCs to the industry
Intel took to their online newsroom to announce their newly established partnership. This partnership will bring the Intel 18A process to light, helping chip designers to build low-power compute system-on-chips (SoCs). According to Intel, the first stop for itself and Arm would be the manufacturing of chips for smartphones and other similar devices.
The Intel 18A process brings breakthroughs in transistor technology, which can step up the performance of smartphones. According to Intel, the technology here improves upon the performance and power of chips that it rolls out. Chip designers without access to a fab can now rely on this Intel and Arm partnership to manufacture their designs into working chips.
From Arm’s side of the partnership, there will come a focus on energy efficiency. Additionally, considering that one company in this partnership is American and the other European, they can work together to meet a ton of regulations. This will make the chips they manufacture meet a wide range of standards, making them great for user consumption.
Intel will rely on its investments in the IDM 2.0 strategy to make this partnership sustainable. Smartphone processor OEMs would be able to turn to Intel and Arm for their services. This will produce chips that use ARM-based CPU cores for better performance.
This partnership might also work its way into the production of automotive, Internet of Things (IoT), data centres, and aerospace chips. But for now, the focus will be on smartphone processors for chip designers around the world. Considering the achievements of Intel and Arm, anyone can expect a lot from this partnership.