The close collaboration between Intel and TSMC is already well known. Without going any further, Intel Arc Alchemist GPUs are made by TSMCwhile TSMC technology will also be used to manufacture one of Intel’s most anticipated products, its future high-performance processors. meteor lake.
It has now been revealed that the CEO of the company, Pat Gelsingertraveled to Seoul, the capital of South Korea, to meet with various Samsung Electronics executivesincluding company VP Lee Jae-yong, co-CEO and head of chip business Kyung Kye-hyun, and Samsung Mobile boss Roh Tae-moon, making it clear that both companies have issues. very important to discuss, and it is assumed that the Interest is that Intel wants to take advantage of Samsung Foundry foundries to further diversify its product catalog without saturating the current production lines, either in the company’s foundries or at TSMC, which is the foundry most in demand.
“Samsung Electronics vice president and de facto leader Lee Jae-yong has met with Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger, the company said on Monday, raising expectations for a potential collaboration amid a race of increasingly intense for next-generation chip technology,” local media said. Korea Herald report.
“The heads of the world’s No. 1 and No. 2 chip companies by revenue held a meeting during Gelsinger’s visit to Seoul. Mr. Gelsinger visited Korea after attending the Forum World Economy 2022 in Davos, Switzerland. Samsung’s semiconductor revenue of $82.3 billion exceeds Intel’s $79 billion in 2021.”
Around the Samsung foundry many ghosts hauntand Qualcomm’s rapid march to TSMC to launch a new high-end SoC six months later, further damaged the reputation of the Korean foundryso that Intel can take advantage of the company’s declining competitiveness, and lack of high-impact partners, to access a large production of wafers for a specific product.
If the two companies reach an agreement, Intel will automatically become their most important partner, because other companies such as Apple, AMD, Nvidia or Qualcomm only trust the good work of TSMC, although there are rumors that AMD has already reached an agreement with Samsung Foundrywhich would not materialize until at least 2023 if it were to become a reality.