Intel out 10nm ARM chips for Smartphone next year


The state-of-the-art factories will produce the mobile system-on-chips for LG Electronics using a 10nm process, with the door left wide open for other ARM licensees to jump in and use the assembly lines.

At the heart of the collaboration deal between ARM and Intel is ARM's Artisan Physical IP, the building blocks for designing and fabricating system-on-chips. Intel will now accept orders for Artisan-based designs on its 10nm production lines, effectively cranking out powerful ARM-Cortex-based processors and similar products.

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This is a major step for Intel: rather than produce Intel designs using Intel tools in Intel fabs, it will now churn out processors for a completely different architecture – ARM.

Intel has entered into a new licensing agreement with competitor ARM to produce ARM-based chips in Intel factories. The deal, announced today at the Intel Developer Forum, is a strategic move from the Santa Clara, CA Company to offer its large-scale custom chip manufacturing facilities, which include 10-nanometer production lines, to third-parties, including those using its rival's technology. Intel's new foundry licensing agreements also include deals to produce chips for LG Electronics, Netronome, and Spreadrum.

"I think it can make a real difference in the industry," said Will Abbey, a general manager in ARM's physical design group, at IDF today. "For me, it simply makes sense." Intel will be tasked with producing ARM's 64-bit cores and other hardware that companies like Apple, Qualcomm, Nvidia, and others base their chip designs off of. ARM-based chips power a majority of the world's mobile phones, with many companies relying on either their own designs or those developed by Qualcomm.

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