Intel signs up MediaTek to use foundry services

Intel signs up MediaTek to use foundry services

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By Peter Clarke

Chip giant Intel Corp has signed up Taiwan’s MediaTek, a maker of smartphone and WiFi chips, to use Intel foundry services.

Intel, once the semiconductor technology leader, has fallen behind Samsung and TSMC in recent years and under CEO Pat Gelsinger is fighting to catchup. Offering foundry services and trying to develop successive manufacturing processes faster is part of that campaign.

MediaTek (Hsinchu, Taiwan) has relied on TSMC for much of its output up until now. Intel said the agreement with Mediatek was designed to help it build a more balanced, resilient supply chain through the addition of a foundry partner with significant capacity in the United States and Europe.

MediaTek is set to use Intel process technologies to manufacture chips for edge devices. Details of which manufacturing process nodes MediaTek would use and when were not given.

“As one of the world’s leading fabless chip designers powering more than 2 billion devices a year, MediaTek is a terrific partner for IFS as we enter our next phase of growth,” said Intel Foundry Services president Randhir Thakur. “We have the right combination of advanced process technology and geographically diverse capacity to help MediaTek deliver the next billion connected devices across a range of applications.”

MediaTek already has a 5G datacard business partnership with Intel.

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