MediaTek and Intel Foundry Services partner to make next-gen smart device chips
MediaTek is known as a chipset company, although it is also defined as one of the "fabless" variety, as it farms the actual making of the silicon it designs to other companies with foundries - which, as of 2021, include Intel. Its Foundry Services arm has now secured a contract to supply the company with some of its next-gen processors.
Unlike the likes of powerful, flagship Dimensity-series SoCs for smartphones (made by TSMC), these chips are intended for MediaTek's next-gen edge computing range. This is because they will be marketed as using as little power as possible while maintaining constant network connectivity.
Nevertheless, MediaTek envisions that its next-gen IoT-type processors will also be "high performance" at the same time - properties IFS can deliver, apparently. Not only that, but with its US- and Europe-based production, the partnership is backed to make sure the former can keep its shipment rates up.
MediaTek currently claims that it "powers more than 2 billion devices a year", and might not want to let the current economic climate get in the way of that in 2022. Therefore, the addition of IFS as a partner might help keep its supply chains as robust and "resilient" as possible.