Good old Pat Gelsinger, when he’s not announcing a revolution, he’s on a plane. So after having carried the good word of America to the World Economic Forum 2022 in Davos (Switzerland), he took a little Boeing flight to land in Seoul, the capital of South Korea, in order to meet with several executives of Samsung Electronics . The main subject of this meeting would be to allow Intel to have part of the resources of Samsung Foundry.
“Samsung Electronics vice chairman and de facto leader Lee Jae-yong met with Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger(…) about potential collaboration amid an increasingly intense race for next-generation chip technology,” local media reported. Even if the Samsung Foundry activity is very important, this division of the Korean giant has suffered a lot of failures lately. We will keep in mind the chaotic course of the Nvidia Ampere GPU or the departure of Qualcomm to TSMC.
Intel also wants to dip into the wafers of Samsung Foundry
It is in this context that Intel would seek to take advantage of the decline in competitiveness of the company, and its lack of high-impact partners, to access a significant production of wafers for specific products. An additional solution allowing the American Intel not to saturate its current production lines in its own foundries. Let’s not forget that rumors indicate for a long time that AMD would also have concluded an agreement with Samsung Foundry for a secure access to 3 and 4nm of the brand from 2023.