Intel could make automotive chips to ease shortfall, says CEO

April 13, 2021 // By Peter Clarke
Intel could make automotive chips to ease shortfall, says CEO
Pat Gelsinger, CEO of Intel, has said that the company is in talks with automotive suppliers about manufacturing chips to relieve that industry's supply chain shortage.

The move may also suit Intel in the short- to medium term as it has found it difficult to compete in terms of technology with TSMC and Samsung at the leading-edge of manufacturing processes. Automotive chip requirements are more diverse and frequently behind the leading-edge.

Gelsinger announced the development after attending a multi-company supply chain summit with President Biden and said the move could produce results within six to nine months.

"We're hoping that some of these things can be alleviated, not requiring a three- or four-year factory build, but maybe six months of new products being certified on some of our existing processes," Reuters reported Gelsinger saying. "We’ve begun those engagements already with some of the key components suppliers," he also said, according to the report.

Intel already has some experience as an automotive supplier through its acquisition of Mobileye Vision Technology Ltd. for $15 billion in 2017. However, the latest Mobileye device, the EyeQ5, is implemented in 7nm FinFET process with manufacturing believed to be outsourced to TSMC. The EyeQ6, scheduled for release in 2023, is also slated for 7nm FinFET production suggesting that Intel may be planning to begin production in-house with that generation.

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