Intel graphics chip will tap new version of TSMC 7-nanometer process: Source


FILE PHOTO: Intel Corporation logo spotted on a sign outside the Fab 42 microprocessor manufacturing site in Chandler, Arizona, US, October 2, 2020. REUTERS / Nathan Frandino

(Reuters) – Intel Corp plans to tap the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company to build a second-generation discrete graphics chip for personal computers that it hopes will help counter the rise of Nvidia Corp, two. Sources told Reuters familiar with the matter.

The chip, known as “DG2”, will be built on a new chipmaking process at TSMC, which has not yet been formally named, but is an enhanced version of its 7-nanometer process, two people said. Familiar with the matter told.

Intel, a long-time world leader in chip making technology, has lost its manufacturing edge in recent years and is now debating whether to release the flagship central processor unit chips, or CPU, to release it in 2023 Be outsourced.

Activist investor Third Point LLC sent a letter to Intel’s board last month asking it to consider whether its roof design and construction work should be put under one roof.

Intel has long outsourced chips in addition to its flagship CPU and is a major customer of TSMC, the world’s leading contract chip manufacturer. The head of Intel’s self-driving subsidiary Mobileye told Reuters last month that its next autonomous vehicle processor would continue to be manufactured by TSMC on a 7-nanometer process.

With its graphics chips, Intel intends to tap into the fast-growing PC gaming market. Sources said its DG2 chip is expected to be released later this year or early 2022 and will compete with Nvidia and AMD gaming chips, priced between $ 400 and $ 600.

The chip manufacturing technology for DG2 is expected to be more advanced than Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a nanometer process released in the graphics chip used in Nvidia’s most recent round, people said. He said it will also work on Advanced Micro Devices graphics chips built on TSMC’s 7-nanometer process.

Intel declined to comment and TSMC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Intel officials said last year that it would outsource the DG2 chip but did not say which chipmaker won the business or which chipmaking process would use it.

Reporting by Stephen Nellis in San Francisco; Editing by Jonathan Weber and Jane Wardell

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