Originally Posted by isaidso
While I agree with you about TSMC (and they've been buying up new fab equipment by the boatload lately), your assessment that Intel would be 2-3 years away from being able to provide fab services, is a number pulled straight out of your ass. Something to consider when you've just said that someone else has "no idea what they're talking about".
LOL. May be i am. But you should prove it to me, with Facts. And i have repeated myself far too many times.
Majority People, like you; assume it is like a design handed out to Intel and Intel will produce it within 5 - 6 months with decent yield.
Majority People, like you; assume Intel is already producing chips for many FPGA company, and therefore isn't far from doing it from others.
I doesn't work like that.
Even if Intel decided today, right at this moment to Fab SoC for Apple, Intel will need to acquire all the relenvant IPs, and assuming that they did so at the exact same moment, they need to hand out design tools to Apple, let them design it, come back, samples, tune. This takes at least a year even with the best possible Engineers from Intel and Apple working and assuming no hike up in the process, which is unheard of in the industry.
And with the management changes in Intel, it is possibly up to the Next CEO to decide if they will jump into the Fab business or not.