Intel should use TSMC – report

Taiwan scene - pic Mike MageeThe founding father of Taiwan’s chip foundry business has suggested that Intel might think about becoming a customer.

According to a report in Digitimes, Morris Chang was responding to Intel’s $16.7 billion acquisition of Altera last week.

Altera is a TSMC customer, that is to say it makes chips from designs provided by Altera.

Chang said TSMC is a trusted supplier and Intel could do far worse than using its services.

It’s unlikely Intel will take up Chang’s offer. Intel has so much production capacity lying unused that it could probably just farm out half a fab to make Altera chips.

Intel is also a foundry business – it is forced to manufacture DEC Alpha processors and has been touting for other business over the last few years, in an attempt to somewhat reposition itself from its core business, making the now not very popular X86 chips.

You can read the Digitimes article, here.