« First we had to determine the production capacity [du procédé de gravure], which can be estimated at the start of the design, and Intel’s advanced process did not yet have sufficient capacity “, Explained Raja Koduri in particular. ” Other characteristics, such as the operating frequency that can be used, are also important factors, and cost is also an issue. These three elements, that is to say the tandem of cost-performance-capacity, are taken into account in deciding which method to use. »
In the case of ARC Alchemist chips, TSMC’s N6 etching process, in 6 nm, was therefore chosen. The Intel engineer explains that this process fits like a glove to Alchemist products. It must be said that with TSMC, Intel will benefit from 6 nm instead of limiting its future GPUs to its 10 nm engraving. Good news to compete more effectively with graphics cards produced by NVIDIA and AMD.
Tom’s Hardware also notes that by choosing TSMC (which also burns chips for AMD, among others), Intel will take up space on the production lines of the Taiwanese founder, which should, by domino effect, partially encroach on production capacities offered to competition. A way to kill two birds with one stone.