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Report: Intel to outsource 14nm chip production to TSMC


September 19, 2018 // By Peter Clarke, eeNews

Intel is not able to make enough 14nm chips to meet demand and so is looking to outsource a portion of its 14nm production to foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC), according to a Digitimes report that references unnamed industry sources.

Intel has been falling short by as much as 50 percent of demand the Digitimes report said, but whether that is due to a lack of 10nm production displacing demand to 14nm, or generally high demand, or poor yield is hard to determine.

The latest report is a corollary to the report that Intel's manufacturing woes could impact production of personal computers in 2018 (see Report: Intel production shortfall could limit PC market ). It is also significant that Intel is now not expecting to manufacture ICs in 10nm until 4Q19, some three years after the original launch for Cannon Lake processors on 10nm was expected in 2016.

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