An Intel-made smartphone chip? That could come soon as Intel announced that the Intel Foundry Services (IFS) has teamed up with ARM.

The partnership will help build a low-power compute system-on-a-chip (SoC) on the Intel 18A process. While the IFS will not directly make chipsets for ARM, it will be easier for ARM licensees like Qualcomm and MediaTek to hire IFS and make the chips for them.


After mobile SoC designs, it is expected that the partnership will also expand in the automotive, aerospace, data center Internet of Things (IoT), and government applications.

In the press release, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger said:

There is growing demand for computing power driven by the digitization of everything, but until now fabless customers have had limited options for designing around the most advanced mobile technology. Intel’s collaboration with Arm will expand the market opportunity for IFS and open up new options and approaches for any fabless company that wants to access best-in-class CPU IP and the power of an open system foundry with leading-edge process technology.

It is said that IFS wants to become the second-largest foundry in the world (in terms of revenue), a title that’s currently owned by Samsung with TSMC at number one. Beating Samsung means that Intel will have to work with more companies than ARM.

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