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Intel Allows New Company to Access 22nm Facility

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: 09:51PM

Remember how Intel just spent $6 to $8 billion on upgrades to its factories? Well, now the chip giant has struck a deal with a new company which will allow access to the factory's 22nm process. Achronix, a relatively new company in the semiconductor field, and Intel have announced a new deal which gives Achronix access to one of Intel's 22nm factories. Achronix will use that to produce its 22i Speedster FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) which is said to offer 300% higher performance and 50% lower power than FPGAs built on any other process. Intel is seemingly downplaying the significance of allowing another company access to its 22nm process, saying Achronix will use less than one percent of the total capacity of that factory. It is an important endeavor for Intel which could mean the deal is a way for it to test its new 22nm process. Why risk problems on your own chips when another company can iron out the kinks.

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The Smith on November 3, 2010 01:55PM
"Why risk problems on your own chips when another company can iron out the kinks." It's more that FPGAs are more easy to manufacture than processors since they have a more regular structure. Thus, yes using them to test out the 22nm process first might be a good idea.

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