Intel, a leading company in the sale of microcomponents for computers, reached an agreement with MediaTek that consists of the manufacture of processors of the company specialized in smartphones and tablets.
The above was announced by the Reuters news agency, it is the first time that Intel manufactured semiconductors from an external company, previously the production was of its own components.
The news represents a setback for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), a company that will lose the share of one of its best customers, all MediaTek components were assembled with taiwanese.
The agreement will not take effect immediately, the first MediaTek chipsets produced by Intel will arrive in 18 or 24 months, depending on both firms.
No financial details of the agreement were disclosed, as well as the technology that will be used to assemble, it was only specified, a new process called Intel 16 will be used, which is specialized for smart devices, which leaves the door open so that in future months it will be announced if the MediaTek processors assembled by Intel will be used in cell phones and tablets or only in smart speakers and streaming devices where MediaTek has a wide presence hand in hand with Amazon products.
«It is a great achievement for us to get involved with a customer from Taiwan and they bet on us to grow and test this. So, this is a big win for an important customer.»
-Randhir Thakur, presidente de Intel Foundry Services