MediaTek to include usage of Intel Foundry Services

The Intel-Mediatek partnership announced today will reportedly include the usage of Intel Foundry Services by Mediatek to assist in the manufacturing of a wider range of chips. One of the main terms of this agreement is granting full freedom to Mediatek to ultimately expand its supply chain with the help of Intel plants (based in the US and Europe). Mediatek usually uses TSMC for most of its foundry services.

Intel reports that they "can’t comment on the details of customer products. IFS customers have access to corridors of capacity across Intel’s global factory network, including existing wafer fabrication sites in Oregon, Arizona, Ireland and Israel, as well as plans for new greenfield fabs in Ohio and Germany." Back this summer, Intel had acquired quite an amount of funding for building a chip fab in Germany.

The company didn't seem to get along so well in its previous agreements with Qualcomm and Amazon, but looks like they still went for one with Mediatek. “MediaTek has long adopted a multi-sourcing strategy. We have an existing 5G data card business partnership with Intel, and now extend our relationship to manufacturing smart edge devices through Intel Foundry Services," said NS Tsai, corporate senior vice president of Platform Technology & Manufacturing Operations at MediaTek.

"With its commitment to major capacity expansions, IFS provides value to MediaTek as we seek to create a more diversified supply chain. We look forward to building a long-term partnership to serve the fast-growing demand for our products from customers across the globe.”