Intel's multibillion investment in ASML Holding may give it a competitive advantage over ARM

Intel's multibillion investment in ASML Holding may give it a competitive advantage over ARM
Intel may be the world's biggest chip producer, but it's pretty much a no-name in our beloved smartphone and tablet industries. However, we've now learned that Intel is about to buy an up to 15% stake in ASML Holding, a Holland-based chip equipment manufacturer, in an attempt to speed up the development of new important technologies. What new technologies?

The first one is called Extreme Ultra-Violet (EUV) Lithography. This is said to be a new type of chip-production technique that should allow the production of thinner and faster chips. Intel's investment should also help ASML accelerate the development of the new 450mm wafer technology standard. All in all, the investment aims to speed up the deployment of these new technologies by about two years.

Intel plans to start by purchasing a 10% stake in ASML for $2.1 billion, and then acquire another 5% for about a billion more. The deal also includes another billion being paid by Intel for the different checkpoints along the way.

Apparently, due to these developments, some analysts have already predicted an upcoming decline of market share for ARM. However, Intel has failed to compete in the mobile sector so far, so whether this new investment will make a difference remains to be seen.

via: TheGuardian



1. thunderising

Posts: 232; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

Wow! Now we may have 14nm chips, or maybe beyond them faster and earlier

2. FoneAddict

Posts: 263; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Intel are taking the smartphone market VERY seriously. ARM better watch out!

5. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I don´t think they are actually taking it seriously enough. Intel has the technology to make SoCs at 22 nm (Ivy Bridge), but they reserve that to the PC CPUs for ultrabook and don´t use it (yet) to make the phone chips. They use a 32 nm like Samsung instead when using the most modern one would give them the edge they need to shine in battery lilfe and performance. When they decide to REALLY be serious it may be too late.

7. RageQuit

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 05, 2011

There is a reason why intel is makeing their phone chips on 32nm. Its becuase they know that size better then they know 22nm thus they are able to more efficently use power, even though it is larger transitor wise. AMD did the same thing with one of their lines of processor in laptops making them at the larger 40nm sizes as opposed to the smaller 32.

3. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

This means nothing if the chips don't perform, I don't want numbers I want to see performance and while we're at it optimized coding to go along with that. Biggest thing battery life, I want to see chips that sip power while still running programs and not roasting through batteries as if it's a brush fire.

4. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

This world is moving fast

6. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

wait... Exynos, TI, MediaTek,ST Ericsson, NVIDIA are base on ARM... what about Qualcomm? is it base on ARM?

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