Feeds

Via, Qualcomm threatened by Intel-TSMC deal

Only real men have fabs, continued

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), which, as we reported last week, will outstrip every other chip factory in the world next year, is brokering a deal with Intel which threatens the futures of both Via and Qualcomm.

TSMC is a foundry firm, with over 300 customers, and one of its senior Chinese executives, rather unusually, outlined its terms and conditions (Ts&Cs) at a Via Technology Forum in Taipei last week.

It prefers its customers to commit 75 per cent of their chip production for a period of three years or more, with CEO talking to CEO. Our understanding is that Morris Chang, its CEO, has been in recent head-to-head talks with the CEO of Intel, Craig Barrett.

Those wide ranging discussions cover a variety of semiconductor processes, including making chipsets, employing its 12-inch wafer plant, using its .13 micron technology and its copper wire interconnects, plans which are well advanced.

The significance of such a deal cannot be underestimated, because TSMC fabricates semiconductors for Qualcomm, a bitter enemy of Intel in the cellphone chip market, and also makes many chipsets for Via, a rapidly growing competitor to Chipzilla.

Further, TSMC also makes Cyrix III microprocessors for Via, and this latter company wants to proliferate these CPUs, the so-called "brains" of PCs, in cheap devices for government, education and the third world.

Chipzilla, TSMC and Marmosetzilla (Via) could not be contacted for comment at press time. ®

See Also

Qualcomm and Via enter unholy alliance
TSMC outstrips Intel in wafer starts
Taiwan rumour mill churns on
Via pushes $200 Info PC
TSMC starts pushing out .13 micron stuff
TSMC carries on chip churn

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.