In addition to building new factories, Intel announced that they will both outsource and start producing chips outside.
New CEO Pat Gelseger announced that they will make significant changes during the Intel Unleashed: Engineering the Future event. He announced plans to transfer most of Intel’s chip production to third-party facilities. In addition, Intel will invest $20 billion in new factories in Arizona and start producing chips for other companies. At this point, a new branch of Intel Foundry Services was mentioned.
Starting in 2023, Intel wants to leverage external facilities for both consumer and enterprise chips, including TSMC, Samsung and GlobalFoundries. Intel Foundry Services will use the company’s manufacturing technology to develop x86, ARM and RISC-V core chips for external customers. The fact that Intel’s facilities are located in the UNITED States and Europe, unlike TSMC, will also provide an advantage, especially for obtaining permission from the government. Partners include IBM, Qualcomm, Microsoft, Google and other brands.
Intel’s $20 billion investment in new factories in Arizona, which will expand its existing Ocotillo campus, is also at a critical time. With global semiconductor shortages, the arrival of Intel’s facilities will open up new ways for companies to supply the chips needed for everything from new video game consoles to new vans. He also promises additional expansion announcements in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere in the world. In addition, Intel has announced a new R&D collaboration with IBM focused on creating next-generation logic and packaging technologies, but details are yet to be shared.
The company also announced plans to make a spiritual successor to the Intel Developer Forum conference with a new Intel Innovation event scheduled for October in San Francisco as part of the new Intel On range of events.