Intel to Buy eASIC

Discussion in 'HardForum Tech News' started by FrgMstr, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. FrgMstr

    FrgMstr Just Plain Mean Staff Member

    May 18, 1997
    Intel is buying another Santa Clara chipmaker, eASIC. eASIC builds programmable chips for its customers, something which Intel moved into with its acquisition of Altera Corp in 2015. 120 people from eASIC will join Intel's current programmable solutions group. This purchase should allow Intel customers to custom tailor a chip's programming at the factory. This could allow a much faster path to a custom Application-Specific Integrated Circuit than a company doing it on their own.

    “Instead of getting programmed in the field, it gets programmed in the factory,” Dan McNamara, who heads Intel’s programmable solutions group, told Reuters in an interview. “It still costs hundreds of thousands of dollars, but you get it done in four months as opposed to two years.”

    While Intel designs all of current programmable chip lineup, it uses its own foundries to physically manufacture the most advanced models but Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (2330.TW) for lower-end ones, McNamara said. The chips from eASIC are currently manufactured by TSMC and GlobalFoundries, he said, but no decisions have been made about whether Intel will start manufacturing eASIC’s chips.
  2. Lakados

    Lakados [H]ard|Gawd

    Feb 3, 2014
    Love or hate Intel, this plan does play to their strengths so as long as they price is appropriately and give it the support and resources it needs this could work out well for them.
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  3. ASICs and graphics cards...hmmmm *rubs chin*
  4. dgz

    dgz [H]ardness Supreme

    Feb 15, 2010
    I often go to great lengths to prove a point. In today's world, not giving them any money is proving easy. Love them or hate them, they're not only viable player in any segment any more. It's done. Sure, they are big but not that big. Fuck them.
  5. Nunu

    Nunu Limp Gawd

    Jun 5, 2017
    I don't think they're done , not by a long shot. Intel's got a lot of runway even with their latest mess This is more of a side move.
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  6. Unter Dog

    Unter Dog Limp Gawd

    Apr 12, 2016
    Intel took Altera's bad failure support and made it catastrophically terrible hope they don't bork up eAsic too much for their customers sake.
  7. Rahh

    Rahh [H]ard|Gawd

    Jan 14, 2005
    No change in there stock. Interesting!
  8. knowom

    knowom Limp Gawd

    Aug 15, 2008
    Truth I mean look at the ****hole of a mess AMD has clawed it's way out of? That situation was a lot more bleak than Intel's current rampant and evident, but addressable woes.