CHANDLER, Ariz. – Intel made a mammoth venture to support its U.S. production network this week, committing $20 billion to assemble two new chip plants on its rambling grounds here. The country’s biggest chipmaker likewise extended its obligation to make chips at outsider agreement makers.
There’s a third prong to Intel’s assembling moves. Furthermore, from the start, it appears to oppose the initial two endeavors.
In particular, Intel declared it will put to the side its very own portion producing ability to offer to homegrown chipmakers, which they can use to assist iron with trip their own store network issues. As such, the organization will make chips for its own rivals. Furthermore, in doing as such, it basically will rival free foundries like TSMC in Taiwan and Samsung Semiconductor in South Korea – which, unexpectedly, make chips for Intel just as its chip rivals. It’s sufficient to blow your mind.
But everyone, it seems, is just fine with all of it. Which underscores just how fervently industry and government officials believe the country needs to fortify the semiconductor supply chain.
“The world needs more semiconductors,” Pat Gelsinger, Intel’s energetic new CEO said Wednesday, shortly after the first big stake-in-the-ground announcement of his tenure. He spoke with a fire not seen from an Intel CEO since his mentor Andy Grove vacated the role in 1998. “And we’re going to step into that gap in a powerful and meaningful way.”