Intel announced its intentions to use the services of contract chipmaker TSMC in March this year. According to the company’s plans, in the coming years, some processors for the consumer and server market will be produced at the facilities of the Taiwanese. True, Intel has not yet specified what kind of CPUs and technological standards we are talking about.
According to the Chinese web publication UDN, Intel is primarily interested in TSMC’s 3nm process technology, citing supply chain sources. It will be used in several of the processor giant’s products, debuting in 2022-2023. Most interestingly, Intel should become the largest customer for 3-nm TSMC chips, “biting off” from Apple as the main part of the production quota.
It is currently difficult to say which Intel solutions will roll off TSMC’s 3nm pipeline. Given the company’s plans to move to a multi-chip arrangement of CPUs, the Taiwanese could be tasked with releasing, for example, chips with system logic for future processors. Recall that TSMC expects to start serial production of 3-nm microcircuits in the second quarter of next year.