SAN FRANCISCO — Panasonic will make SoCs in a low-power flavor of Intel's 14nm process technology. The Japanese company is the sixth announced customer for a foundry business that Intel says is strategic and expanding its packaging capabilities.
“We are doing extremely well getting customers who can use our technology,” Sunit Rikhi, general manager of Intel's foundry group, said in a talk at Semicon West, though he would not provide details. “We are in this business to grow, and it's strategically an important vector in our Intel strategy.”
Other companies making or planning to make chips in Intel's fabs include Achronix, Altera, Microsemi, Netronome, and Tablula. Rikhi described Intel's foundry business in broad terms: “We need to demonstrate our service orientation and earn trust of customers.”
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— Rick Merritt is the Silicon Valley Bureau Chief of EE Times.