Was Altera moving to Intel hard for TSMC to swallow?
28 May 2013
Author Graham Pitcher
(Portion of Article from new electronics)
Earlier in 2013, the news broke that Altera was to use Intel to build fpgas at the 14nm node after dealing exclusively with Taiwanese foundry TSMC for 20 years.
The move shocked TSMC. The company's chief executive Dr Morris Chang noted during an analysts' call with New Electronics: "I very much regret Altera's decision to work on 14nm with Intel."
Elizabeth Sun, pictured, director of TSMC's corporate communications division, explained his comment. "It was a big deal; not in terms of the size of the business, but in terms of emotion. Altera has been a customer for 20 years and has always single sourced at TSMC. Its move to Intel for 14nm – even though the rest of its products remain at TSMC – is hard for us."