February 06, 2024 – In a recent announcement, chip design company Faraday Technology has unveiled plans to develop the world’s first 64-core processor based on the Arm Neoverse architecture. The estimated completion date is set for the first half of 2025, with production utilizing Intel’s cutting-edge 18A process technology.
Intel’s 18A technology, equivalent to the 1.8nm level, is considered a pivotal milestone for the company. It aims to regain the lead in advanced process technology from its rival TSMC and significantly expand Intel’s foundry services (IFS) business. Notably, Intel has already secured several orders for its 18A process, including a chip for the U.S. Department of Defense.
The collaboration between Intel and Arm began in April 2023 when they jointly announced a foundry agreement to manufacture Arm-based chips using Intel’s 18A technology. Faraday Technology’s upcoming processor appears to be the first publicly announced fruit of this partnership.
However, it’s important to note that Faraday Technology does not manufacture chips itself. Instead, it specializes in chip design, leaving the production to its clients. Therefore, the extent to which Intel’s 18A process will be utilized in this specific venture remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, Intel’s 3 process technology has also garnered multiple foundry orders, including chips for a cloud data center and a server chip from Ericsson. The company’s foray into advanced chip manufacturing is clearly paying off as it continues to secure high-profile clients and expand its market presence.