Intel will let Achronix build their next-generation FPGAs chips in its 22-nm fabs, a deal that could mark Intel’s entrance into the contract manufacturing business.
Intel officials have been vocal about pursuing other revenue streams beyond the company’s PC and server chip roots, including such areas as mobile handset devices and embedded systems. Now for the first time, they are adding contract manufacturing to the list.
Semiconductor vendor Achronix will build its next-generation FPGA (field programmable gate array) chips in Intel fabs—or manufacturing facilities—using the chip giant’s 22-nanometer manufacturing process. Achronix will build its upcoming Speedster22i platform using the Intel 22-nm process—including Intel’s third generation of Hafnium-based high-k, metal gate technology, which reduces electrical leakage—the smaller company announced Oct. 31.