Intel makes 14nm ARM bits for Altera

Altera’s plan to use Intel’s 14 nm FinFET process look even stranger now that it has been revealed that the chip will use ARM’s 64-bit cores.

That means Intel will fabricate ARM cores starting in 2014 in the new high-end Altera Stratix 10 parts that use four ARM Cortex-A53 cores.

According to EETimes, The Stratix 10 devices, with their embedded DSPs and other logic, is Altera’s best performance parts to date. They will be aimed at apps from search engine accelerators to communications data plane processors and radar guidance and security processing.

However it puts Intel in the strange strategy of making its rival’s chips inside its own buildings something it probably didn’t plan on when it started to push its outsourcing plans.

The chip giant is experimenting with offering its leading-edge fab processes as foundry services to chip designers, Altera being one of its largest customers so far. .

However it will be interesting to see what happens when you mix ARM’s 64-t cores with Chipzilla’s leading-edge process and if anything catches fire.

Altera claims the Stratix 10 parts in Intel’s 14nm process will provide FPGA “performance over one gigahertz, two times the core performance of current high-end 28-nm FPGAs.”