Intel announces their vision to dominate semiconductor manufacturing by 2024, and makes public their agreement with Qualcomm, stepping ahead of major competitors Samsung and TSMC.
In the latest segment of the race to dominate the global semiconductor market, leading US microprocessor maker Intel announced on the 27th of July their target to reclaim their title as the global chipmaking company by 2025. Despite their recent setbacks positioning themselves behind Asian rivals Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) and Samsung, Intel aims to regain leadership in the industry by producing the most advanced semiconductors by 2024.
Intel, along with its major competitors TSMC and Samsung, has been producing mobile chips and processors for Qualcomm. Intel further revealed an agreement with Qualcomm, announcing its forecast to invest new technology into specially making processors and chips for Qualcomm, which marks a victory against their competitors. Intel gave insight into the technology expected to be used in production moving forward. The company explained their “20A technology” will be significantly more advanced in comparison to TSMC and Samsung’s current offerings, placing their cutting-edge technology on the 2-nanometer level.
The nanometre scale refers to the spaces in between transistors on a chip. In order for a chip to be considered as more advanced and developed, the smaller it has to be, hence making it more powerful. At present, leading manufacturers Intel, Samsung, and TSMC are the single producers capable of producing sub 10-nanometre technology, with TSMC planning to release its 3-nanometer in the second half of 2022.With this upcoming release, Intel is observing test performance results against TSMC’s 3-nanometre technology as a contingency plan to avoid further delays in Intel’s highly anticipated reveal of 2-nanometre technology.
Intel’s new CEO, Pat Gelsinger, announced the big chipmaker’s upcoming visions for more expansion plans within the US as well as Europe before the end of 2021. Despite Intel’s ambitious outlook on its future, Chief analyst at Isaiah Research, Eric Tsang, expressed his concerns of Intel’s goal being “a bit optimistic… to formulate such a production roadmap given the schedule is quite tight and also because it still needs to catch up on some production nodes.”