Intel to manufacture 22nm FPGA chips for third-party

By Jos ยท 15 replies
Nov 3, 2010
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  1. Intel has traditionally designed and built chips for its own use, but it looks like the company is ready to share its manufacturing strengths and lead in process technology with others. Namely, the company will create chips based on its 22nm technology for Achronix Semiconductor -- a relatively small player in the field-programmable gate array (FPGA) market making specialized chips for sectors like networking, communications and high-performance computing.

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  2. kaonis92

    kaonis92 TS Enthusiast Posts: 118

    Any reasons intel is still planning to use 45nm for future Atom proccessors?
  3. Good for them, now if only lightpeak could maybe appear sometime soon.
  4. edison5do

    edison5do TS Rookie Posts: 231

    INTEL really have a bussiness-oriented mind, and they are showing it.
  5. Jesse

    Jesse TS Evangelist Posts: 358   +42

    Good question... that doesn't seem to make any sense in the context of the article. When they say that they will apply the experience gained from manufacturing 22nm chips to their own products, I would expect them to make a 22nm Atom.
  6. blimp01

    blimp01 TS Enthusiast Posts: 144

    Sounds like a great improvement, 300% boost in performance! id go for that
  7. spyx

    spyx TS Rookie Posts: 57

    Intel "Sponsers of tomorrow".............ugh what I really want is a unified design so you dont have to buy a new motherboard every single time i want ot upgrade....
  8. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 718   +236

    They are making 22nm FPGA's not CPU's.
    I think FPGA's are vastly less complex than a fully featured CPU, if they could make 22nm CPU's they would be light years ahead of current tech.
  9. sMILEY4ever

    sMILEY4ever TS Booster Posts: 158

    Achronix Semiconductor: "Intel, marry me".

    Anyways, awesome deal for Achronix Semiconductor.
  10. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,668   +1,101

    I don't see any future in the Atom CPU with ARM becoming more and more powerful and cheaper.
  11. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Light years.....
    How about 22nm risk wafers last year ? Just as proof of concept you understand.
    Of course, for retail release you need to build a 22nm fab or 2.
    How about 22nm CPU (Ivy Bridge) availabillity within a year -a regular year that is (time period), not a measure of distance (i.e. light year).

    @kaonis92, prismatics...
    Why die shrink Atom (as it is) ? It is already a low power (0.65 - 13w) low cost processor. A die shrink isn't going to alter this greatly. Moreover using an older process keeps those older fabrication plants open - churning out product whose fixed costs were amortized when the process was cutting edge.
    Stellarton is 45nm because it is process node that can be used now. Atom's successor (once the fabs are built) will be using the 22nm process:
    Intel will manufacture Acrhonix Speedster22i FPGA using the most advanced process when the time is due for introduction of 22nm successor of 45nm Stellarton
  12. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    No 22nm atom how does that make sense? lets keep using 2 year old tech when we have this yeah that sounds great. Intel is a great company and i for one love there cpu's but i wish AMD would bring something out to make them wake up from there we are the best ever state of mind and actually make something for the consumer like amd does who wants to pay $1000 for a 6 core cpu when amd has them for less than $300 hmmmmm...........
  13. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Sorry klepto I had to keep that post for posterity just in case you found someone with higher education skills to edit, punctuate and grammaticize the post.

    If you read the story and follow the links already outlined you will see that Intel already has the next generation Atom earmarked for 22nm. This will probably happen when the facilities for making 22nm wafers (the big ~300mm discs that contain the IC's) are actually built.

    So to summarize the rest of your post- assuming the Google translation of Backwoods to English is correct:
    You love Intel CPU's but their hexacore is too expensive for you...You don't love AMD quite so much, but their hexacore is much cheaper.
    A massive dilemma to be analogy would likely be:
    Your neighbour updates his pickup truck every year and presently needs to hose off Raccoon body parts from his nice new 2010 Ford F-150 SVT. Your neighbour pays a hefty premium for the new vehicle partly because of new tooling and dies needed for every update and facelift. You on the other hand get to open the trailer window curtains and gaze upon your once proud, but now long-in-the-tooth 1969 Ford F-150. Still a pickup, right?, Still going to get you to and from the liquor store (once it comes down off the blocks), and a helluva lot cheaper to buy. Progress has it's price, as does consumer brand perception and subsequent placement within the marketplace...which is one reason why the F-150 shares the same roads (at least the paved ones) with the Bentley Continental GT.
  14. white2010

    white2010 TS Rookie

    i think intel can not handle all the demand so intel share with others this technology
  15. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    It's a process node (22nm), not something Intel has patented. Global Foundries also has 22nm in the works (2012-13 timeframe). Likewise TSMC has 20nm planned as the follow on from 28nm (which should debut in six months or so)
  16. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Posts: 451   +34

    Manufacturing for third party is good but they need to manufacture some for themselves that's how they it can reach the global market.

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