Rumor: Intel outsources part of 14nm chipset production to TSMC

Sep

11

2018

Intel reportedly switches on the Taiwan chip manufacturer TSMC to have 14nm chipsets made, because it has insufficient capacity itself. PC manufacturers would have to deal with delays in the deliveries of processors.

According to DigiTimes , the demand for 14nm chip products is 50 percent higher than what the company can meet. Intel would therefore outsource part of the production of its 300 Series chipsets to TSMC. Intel earlier called on the Taiwan chip giant to make its SoFia-socs for mobile phones and fpgas. Makers of motherboards would expect the deficits to decrease at the end of this year.

There have been reports of shortages of 14nm chips from Intel for weeks. An analyst anticipated deficits in the third quarter because of the high demand for products from Intels Data Center Group and Client Computing Group. DigiTimes wrote about the fears of laptop manufacturers that their deliveries in the second half of this year would suffer from a shortage of 14nm chips.

At the end of July, Intel already said in its discussion of the quarterly figures that its ‘biggest challenge in the second half of the year was to meet the extra demand’. The demand for chips for the data center market is growing faster than expected and the PC market is also performing better than Intel had planned.

What counts is that Intel has postponed its 10nm production until 2019, which puts a greater pressure on 14nm production. In addition, Intel makes the pch at 14nm from the Coffee Lake S, H, U and R generations and for Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake, while it was made at 22nm with previous processor generations. In addition, Intel produces the XMM 7560 modem in its 14nm process. This is most likely the modem that Apple uses in its upcoming iPhones.

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