Intel’s First Factory Customer Touts Made-in-USA Chips
A chip company called Achronix on Wednesday is announcing that the first fruits of Intel’s new build-to-order service are emerging from the factory. That’s a milestone for both companies, and a surprising sidelight could play into the story–worries about dependence on non-U.S. manufacturers.
The Silicon Valley startup in 2010 turned to Intel, which opted to break from long-standing practice and use its sophisticated factories and manufacturing processes to serve customers beyond Intel’s own chip-design groups. Achronix became one of two publicly announced users of the new Intel foundry business, as such services are called.
Intel believes it can make smaller and more sophisticated transistors than other foundries. Achronix, which makes a variety of programmable chips that use lots of transistors, says its bet on Intel has paid off as advertised.
Asked if the idea of domestic manufacturing is resonating with hardware makers, Achronix Chairman John Lofton Holt “absolutely.”
Blake added: “It comes up quite often with customers. They would like to source devices that are manufactured in the U.S. and they’ve never had that choice before.”
[And yet the shills despise US manufacturing so much that they get up every single day and immediately head to this message board to channel their latest load of bile and venom in Intel's direction. And not far behind are the analysts from Wall Street's largest firms. Exactly what is their problem?]