Spreadtrum Guns for Intel’s 14nm FinFET in 2016
SHANGHAI, China — Qualcomm and MediaTek, you better watch out. Here comes Spreadtrum, riding piggyback on Intel’s foundry business and gunning for 14nm FinFET, with sights set on 10nm.
China’s Spreadtrum Communications will use Intel Corp.’s 14nm FinFET process technology, for both the low- and high-end mobile chips the company plans to launch in 2016, Leo Li, chairman and CEO of Spreadtrum, told EE Times Tuesday (May 26).
For Spreadtrum, using Intel as its foundry has apparently superseded its potential adoption of Intel Architecture in future mobile chips.
Intel’s $1.5 billion investment in Tsinghua Unigroup last fall resulted in the U.S. chip giant owning 20 percent of China’s combined Spreadtrum Communications and RDA Microelectronics. Spreadtrum’s quid pro quo for Intel, under the agreement, is a matter of intense speculation among semiconductor industry observers.
Li, during the one-on-one interview, insisted, “I am under no obligation” to use Intel technologies “unless they prove to be competitive on the market.”
Nowhere in a series of agreements the two companies signed last fall is it stipulated that Spreadtrum must switch from ARM-based architecture to Intel Architecture in future chips.
“They can’t force us,” said Li. But that’s not to say that Li isn’t interested in a war chest full of Intel’s technologies. “Intel is a great company. It really has a lot to offer.”
Source: EE Times
FYI, this isn't true as they have used Intel in tablets before (the tab 3).
That may be the case, but it does not negate what mega.hurts said.
In the recent past, Samsung had increased the use of their Exynos APs. The fact that they now feel compelled to use Intel instead of Exynos is a "significant win" as mega.hurts put it.
Seems like a pretty good start...
Well, 2 articles discussing just 2 customers (and rehashing the same customer twice) without much data actually is a very big negative for X-Gene.
Methinks they are struggling but not ready to quit yet.
Just kidding. However, I noticed an article which said that the CEO was evasive and cagey when questioned on volume and/or benchmarks during the conference call.
And the reason Intel would do it is three-fold:
(1) Get incremental revenues/margins across a huge volume of mobile chips
(2) Keep their huge factories more fully utilized
(3) Increase their competitive position by reducing ARM-vendor revenues - which will diminish their capacity to invest into R&D and move up the performance chain into PCs and servers.
(3) is the key benefit, but the other two are also very valuable.
ASUS today sent out invites for an event next month which will serve as the launching platform for the ASUS ZenFone 2. The event will take place next month in New York City and will formally mark the arrival of the ZenFone 2 in the United States. ASUS first unveiled this smartphone at the International Consumer Electronics Show back in January this year.
The company has already revealed availability information of this handset for other markets across the globe, it did say that the device will make it to the U.S. at some point.
Next month ASUS will conduct an event to launch the ZenFone 2 in the country. It will be a bold move on the company’s part to bring its high-end device to the country, where many OEMs are already jostling for space in the burgeoning smartphone market.
It’s powered by a 64-bit 2.3GHz Intel processor with 4GB RAM. There’s a 13 megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture on the back and a 5 megapixel shooter up front. The device has a 3,000mAh battery which ASUS says can charge from 0-60% in just under 40 minutes.
ASUS may unveil at its event next month if any of the major carriers in the country will be offering the ZenFone 2 to their customers. The event has been scheduled for May 18th.
There is a reason why Intel invested in Rockchip's parent Tsinghua - more importantly, there is a reason why Tsinghua took that investment. If Intel and Tsinghua were not aligned, the investment wouldn't have happened.
Whoever quotes Semiwiki...?!???? And spells it with uppercase W...!!!
Should be the Dan guy with the spoofed handle...hahaha
This IS the mass-market product for emerging economies. Mass-market products are where Intel and the OEMs are very good at. Intel still needs the LTE-integrated version of SoFIA to get into the mass market in US and Western Europe.
Of course, Intel is already in Western Europe with the Asus Zenfone 2 (discrete LTE + Apps processor). This product will get good adoption if they can keep the price $149-199 for the 2GB RAM version. But I suspect a $99-129 smartphone (SoFIA with integrated LTE) would be a killer mass-market product for US & Western Europe.
Intel's 14nm Core ix chips were delayed for a few months since Intel was wrestling with some yield issues and even Intel admitted in 2014 that they were not where they wanted to be.
Recently there were rumors that Intel has not fully resolved the 14nm yield issues. To me, the release of low-cost 14nm Braswell chips clearly indicates that Intel has managed to overcome almost all (if not all) the yield issues at 14nm.
Braswell CPU manufactured on 14nm process
Intel has introduced seven new processors that will make their way into affordable laptops and desktops.
The new chips, from the Braswell family, are manufactured using a 14nm technology and will take
over Bay Trail parts in the long term.
*** I am looking forward to Skylake to get a better understanding of why Intel seems to be skipping a Broadwell product line that seems very nice ***
I recall BK and SS mentioning that they wanted to not hold up Skylake just because Broadwell was delayed. I think they indicated that they wanted to get some innovative features in to the hands of customers as soon as possible. Mainly, it was about wire-free computing features in Skylake - (wireless charging, wireless display, etc.)
Their thinking seems to be about "what features would be compelling enough to get a lot of users to upgrade".
From wbmw post on investorshub:
Anandtech has their initial review of the HTC One M9. Seems to be regressing in terms of battery life, in terms of no longer supporting display PSR (the chipset's fault?), and some inconsistent performance. I was looking forward to getting this phone, but now I'm not so sure....
Seems they're really down on the Snapdragon 810. Qualcomm seems to have laid a turd this time....
Quote from the Anandtech article:
SoC performance is a mild improvement over Snapdragon 805, and a significant improvement in GPU over Snapdragon 801. However, it’s definitely alarming at how small the differences are when Snapdragon 810 is placed in a phone, and it seems that the thermal output of the Snapdragon 810 is high enough that sustained tests end up placing it somewhere around the range of the Snapdragon 805 in CPU-bound tests. In GPU performance, the improvements over the Snapdragon 805’s Adreno 420 are generally somewhat minimal, which really justifies HTC’s decision to go with a 1080p display for the M9.
Unfortunately, in battery life HTC manages to fall somewhat flat as the combination of the Snapdragon 810 and the loss of panel self-refresh causes a significant regression in battery life despite the increase in battery size. While I’m not sure how much HTC could’ve done to prevent this, the removal of PSR is definitely something HTC could’ve kept to try and keep battery life similar to the One M8. This is really the first generation to my memory that actually regressed on battery life in our benchmarks, which is concerning for any device with a Snapdragon 810 SoC. It may be that this is just HTC’s problem, but given that HTC has generally managed to do well at extracting maximum battery efficiency from previous platforms I’m not sure if other OEMs will be able to improve the situation here.
While we’re still missing some of the pieces, based upon what data we have the One M9 is in an alarming
Assuming Tag Heuer did their due diligence (considering their brand value, I'm pretty sure they did) and their smartwatch being promised for 2015, it clearly indicates that Intel currently has the capability to get into mobiles, wearables, and every small device one can think of.
angs: You have asked a direct question, but don't expect a straight answer from "theblueredmonk". He has always made vague and ambiguous comments giving the benefit of doubt to ARM, never for Intel. I suspect he works for or with ARM in some capacity. Sorta like what the Nenni guy does for TSMC.