Intel adds third foundry customer
Intel has added another customer for its foundry services – Netronome – a network processor company from
Netronome joins two programmable logic companies – Achronix and Tabula – as foundry customers of Intel. The first of these to get parts is expected to be Achronix. First silicon of Achronix parts made on Intel’s 22nm finfet process is expected in the first half of this year.
Netronome has been working with Intel for five years on developing processors which work with x86 processors.
Under the agreement, Netronome also gets to use Intel’s own EDA tools.
Intel’s foundry strategy appears to be the polar opposite to the foundry strategy of its fellow IDM Samsung’s. Samsung only takes on large volume foundry customers; so far Intel has only taken on small volume foundry customers.