Intel revealed its 10nm process could outperform other foundries and will be used to make ARM-based mobile chips for companies including LG Electronics. To enable the move, Intel partnered with ARM’s Artisan division that is porting a reference design for one of its 64-bit cores to the process.
The news at the annual Intel Developer Forum here reinforced the x86 giant’s continued strength in process technology. It also highlighted its need for a still-fledging foundry business to participate fully in the mobile market.
Japan's SoftBank (SFTBY) will buy ARM Holdings (ARMH), a U.K. maker of wireless chip designs used by Apple (AAPL) and Samsung in smartphones, according to multiple reports. SoftBank will pay 23.4 billion pounds ($32 billion) for ARM Holdings, according to the Wall Street Journal. ARM Holdings dominates the market for wireless microprocessors for the Apple iPhone and other mobile devices.