Intel has entered into a new licensing agreement with rival ARM Holdings to produce 10-nanometre ARM chips targeting smartphone chipmakers like Qualcomm and MediaTek. South Korean consumer electronics company LG will be one of the first customers to use Intel’s new service, the chip giant announced at the ongoing Intel Developer Forum. “LG Electronics will produce a world-class mobile platform based on Intel Custom Foundry’s 10nm design platform,” said Zane Ball, co-general manager of Intel Custom Foundry at Intel Corporation. Also Read - iPhone 13 launch date and more details tipped as part of new leaksAlso Read - iPhone 12 Mini reaches end of production already, say rumours
Intel Custom Foundry has developed full-featured design platforms on Intel’s 22nm, 14nm and the forthcoming 10nm FinFET process. “Our 10nm technology will provide improvements in transistor scaling and offer new performance, power and cost benefits as well as a wide range of device features to meet different product requirements,” Ball added. The 10nm design platform for foundry customers will now offer access to ARM Artisan physical IP.
“Optimizing this technology for Intel’s 10 nm process means that foundry customers can take advantage of the IP to achieve best-in-class PPA (power, performance, area) for power-efficient, high-performance implementations of their designs for mobile, IoT and other consumer applications,” Bell said.
Intel had recently announced a big foray into the world of artificial intelligence (AI), by acquiring San Diego, California-based deep learning start-up Nervana Systems run by an Indian-origin entrepreneur. Coming ahead of the Intel Developer Forum next week, the acquisition gives Intel a definitive head start towards advanced data analytics, computer vision, natural language processing and machine learning.