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Intel has gained another big customer.

A press release shared on the Intel Newsroom today can confirm that Intel and MediaTek have formed “a strategic partnership to manufacture chips using Intel Foundry Services’ (IFS) advanced process technologies.” The agreement was prompted by MediaTek’s interest in building “a more balanced, resilient supply chain.”

The chips that Intel will produce for MediaTek are destined for smart edge devices.

MediaTek plans to use Intel process technologies to manufacture multiple chips for a range of smart edge devices. IFS offers a broad manufacturing platform with technologies optimized for high performance, low power and always-on connectivity built on a roadmap that spans production-proven three-dimensional FinFET transistors to next-generation breakthroughs.

“As one of the world’s leading fabless chip designers powering more than 2 billion devices a year, MediaTek is a terrific partner for IFS as we enter our next phase of growth,” said IFS President Randhir Thakur. “We have the right combination of advanced process technology and geographically diverse capacity to help MediaTek deliver the next billion connected devices across a range of applications.”

“MediaTek has long adopted a multi-sourcing strategy,” added NS Tsai, corporate senior vice president of Platform Technology & Manufacturing Operations at MediaTek. “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. 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.”

MediaTek describes itself as “the world’s 4th largest global fabless semiconductor company,” and one that “powers more than 2 billion devices a year.” Its chips can be found in a variety of devices, including smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs.

The Taiwanese company was founded over two decades ago in May 1997.

Source: Intel Newsroom

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