Intel Foundry Services (IFS) has announced a collaboration with processor architecture company Arm. This will enable semiconductor designers to create low-power single-chip (SoC) platforms based on Intel’s advanced manufacturing processes. The companies will initially focus on the development of mobile SoCs and then move into the automotive, IoT, data center, aerospace and government applications.
Through the collaboration, developers of ARM chips will be able to use Intel’s advanced 18A process technology to manufacture their products. This allows ICs to be designed using third-party Electronic Design Automation (EDA) software. As a result, we can expect more powerful and energy efficient processors.
IFS and Arm will work together on technology enhancements that optimize chip design and manufacturing processes to improve performance and lower costs for Arm-based cores with the Intel 18A process. This process uses two new technologies, PowerVia for optimal power delivery and RibbonFET surrounding gate architecture for optimal power and performance.
As part of this collaboration, IFS and ARM plan to develop a reference design chip to demonstrate the technology to customers. The deal marks another milestone for IFS after the partnership with Taiwanese semiconductor company MediaTek announced last July. Qualcomm is also an IFS customer, and NVIDIA is considering the possibility. The business of making chips for other companies based on their own designs was started by Intel in 2021.
Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger explained that until now most chip designers have been limited in using advanced ARM technologies. “Intel’s collaboration with Arm will open up new approaches for any small-capacity enterprise that wants access to best-in-class processors and the power of a factory for open systems with advanced workflows.” he concluded.