Intel Aims To Make Chips For AMD, Apple, Qualcomm & NVIDIA

Pat Gelsinger, the CEO of Intel in an interview with TheVerge announced a few upcoming milestones for Intel. Spoiler alert, Intel looks forward to be the one manfacturing AMD’s silicon in a few years.

Pat Gelsinger’s Role At Intel

When Pat took over as the CEO, Intel was struggling to compete against AMD. Their silicon manufacturing department had major problems leading them to develop sub-par CPUs. Within just 1 and a half years, Pat Gelsinger’s role became evident with launches such as Alder Lake and roadmaps towards smaller silicon nodes.

Now, Intel’s teams are working in parallel across various processes. The 10nm (Intel 7) team is separate from the 7nm (Intel 4) team.

These teams may build and leverage each other, but they are parallel, each becoming its own tick-tock execution environment.

~Pat Gelsinger to TheVerge

We also see a new transistor technology termed as ‘RibbonFET‘ which was teased a while back. RibbonFET is the successor to Intel’s signature FinFET technology. Transistors based off this design could arrive as soon as Intel’s 18A & 20A nodes, however, we are uncertain as of now.

The CHIPS Act

The CHIPS and Science act was passed in July and is valued at $52 Billion for chip manufacturing in the United States. Pat mentions that this act will greatly increase Intel’s share in the chip industry, partly because a large sum of that money will go to Intel.

TSMC has a vital and a critical role in most of the semiconductors we use nowadays. However, due to tensions with China, relying on a single manufacturer is rather unsafe. 

It’s like having one oil reserve in one country.

~Pat Gelsinger to TheVerge

Intel’s Position in Foundry

Pat stressed the fact that Intel has been making silicon for a very long time. Intel has fabs all around the world, however, what they lag behind is in ‘foundry’.

CEOs of various fabless companies visited Intel’s Ohio site where Pat told them;

“That fab module right there, I want to put your logo on it, and I want to say it was made here.” 

You’re going to put an AMD logo on the side of an Intel fab?

“Hey, if they choose to manufacture with us, I will be thrilled to do that. It’s the right thing at that level. These are large investments, and they are important for technology — they spawn technical communities”

~TheVerge

Similarly, Intel also wishes to manufacture silicon for Qualcomm, NVIDIA and even Apple. Though they have not been in the foundry business, Intel does have the required setup/fabs. 

“At the same time, I’m going to be the foundry for Nvidia”

“I don’t know how much of it will win, but I want to win their business. I want to win Qualcomm’s business, and I want to win Apple’s business. We want to be that provider of a choice”

~Pat Gelsinger to TheVerge

Conclusion

Intel during its past few years, has been through many ups and downs. Currently, they aim to combat AMD in the CPU department while taking on NVIDIA in the GPU sector. Meteor Lake, or Intel’s 14th generation will make use of the Intel 4 process, which is revolutionary considering that the same company was stuck on 14nm for various generations. 

In addition to that, Meteor Lake will leverage the new Foveros design. This is essentially Intel’s transition from a monolithic based CPU to a multi-chiplet based model akin to AMD. Meteor Lake is planned for release sometime in 2023.

Abdullah Faisal
With a love for computers since the age of give, Abdullah has always sought to delve into the depths of information, and uses it as his guiding light. He believes success is of utmost importance as history is written by the victor.
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