Intel’s wafer foundry is not talking about Spreadtrum 14nm chips sampled this month

Intel has the most advanced semiconductor technology on the planet. It has mass production more than two years ahead of other manufacturers in FinFET technology. Although 14nm FinFET technology has encountered difficult production, it is still earlier than TSMC and Samsung, and Intel’s technology level is the best. The gate pitch is a true 14nm level, and the other two are moist. From the beginning of the transformation in the first half of the year, Intel has also taken wafer generation as a breakthrough point, and has drawn to LG Electronics. Now another customer has confirmed that China’s Spreadtrum company will also use Intel’s 14nm process foundry. The relevant chips will be available as soon as October. Can be sampled.
Intel’s strength in wafer manufacturing is unquestionable. Previously, it also had sporadic foundry cooperation, but there were not many customers, mainly FPGA companies like Altera. As a result, Intel also acquired its own customers. Spreadtrum is not an outsider for Intel either. Spreadtrum and another Rideco company were acquired by Ziguang. Later, Ziguang Zhanrui was established, and Intle invested $ 1.5 billion in Zhanrui, accounting for 20%. In other words, Intel is now one of the major shareholders of Spreadtrum.
Intel spent so much money to invest in stocks is naturally not bad. In addition to planning the Chinese market, it is estimated that foundry cooperation is also one of the contents of the previous negotiations. Spreadtrum CEO Li Liyou stated last year that Intel 14nm process foundry chips will be used in 2016. Now Digitimes broke the news that chips based on Intel 14nm process can be sampled as soon as October, and progress is still very fast.
The news pointed out that Spreadtrum’s 14nm chip will attract Samsung’s order, and it is expected that the relevant Samsung mid-range mobile phone will be available in 2017. ——Don’t be surprised to see here. Samsung has been a VIP customer of Spreadtrum Company for a long time. Although we rarely see smartphones based on Spreadtrum chips (but there are quite a lot of Spreadtrum basebands), in 3G chips and overseas markets, Samsung Many mobile phones do use Spreadtrum chips.
According to the statistics of June this year, Spreadtrum + Redico’s share in the global mobile phone chip market reached 25.4%, which exceeded MediaTek’s 24.7%.
On the other hand, cooperating with Intel does not mean that Spreadtrum will give up TSMC, they will still use the latter’s 16nm and 28nm processes. Among them, Spreadtrum SC9860 is the first mobile phone chip using TSMC’s 16nm FFC process. The competitor is MediaTek P20. It is expected that It will be available by the end of this year.
The joining of Spreadtrum is a good start for Intel’s foundry business. When Intel announced the expansion of its foundry business, one of the customers we knew was LG Electronics. In 14nm and future 10nm process foundry, LG will be Intel An important partner in foundry business, but LG has developed ARM chips for a long time, and has not made any movement, far worse than Samsung Exynos processor.
According to the original text, Intel now has about 2,000 employees serving customers in China, South Korea, Japan, and other Asian regions, and a team in Shanghai dedicated to serving Chinese customers.used iPhone 6s plus