News Intel Rolls Out 16nm Process Technology: A Low-Cost, Low-Power FinFET Node


Feb 25, 2006
History repeats: Intel vs GlobalFoundries again for 16nm, bahaha.

Qualcomm dumped Intel for tiny mobile SoCs on Intel 18A after massive delays and failures just a few months ago, so I guess 16nm scraps is all Intel can get now?

Qualcomm, which designs chips and outsources manufacturing, wanted to work with Intel, and assigned a team of engineers to work toward making mobile-phone chips at Intel’s factories. It was particularly interested in a cutting-edge chip-making technology that Intel hopes will be the most advanced in the world by late next year [read: Intel 18A].

In early 2022, Intel’s foundry arm sent a delegation to Qualcomm’s San Diego headquarters, where they met with CEO Cristiano Amon. Then Intel missed a June performance milestone toward producing those chips commercially. It missed another in December.

Qualcomm executives concluded Intel would struggle making the kind of cellphone chips they wanted, even if it succeeded in making high-performance processors. Qualcomm told Intel it was pausing work while it waits for Intel to show progress, according to people involved in the discussions.

Good luck getting Apple as a foundry customer, Gelsinger, lmao.
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Apr 15, 2020
Intel is simultaneously rolling out multiple new processes in an effort to become the preferred semiconductor producer for many customers. If Intel were to magically jump 5 years ahead of TSMC and Samsung in manufacturing capabilities, it might still take a company like Qualcomm several years to move away from TSMC. Apple appears to be more nimble.