Intel has launched its flagship data centre microprocessor “Ice Lake” for cloud service providers and massive data centres. It has already shipped about 200,000 test units. The new chip is slower than AMD’s flagship data centre server chip launched in March. Intel, however, is banking on greater control over its supply chain that the chips offer, besides, portfolio of data storage, networking, etc which work well with the “Ice Lake” processor.
Intel has appointed Indian-origin and semiconductor industry veteran Randhir Thakur to head its newly formed Intel Foundry Services business. This has come at a time when Intel has announced its ambitious plans to lead in providing US and Europe-based foundry capacity ‘to serve the incredible global demand for semiconductor manufacturing. Intel recently announced an investment of $ 20 bn to regain pole position in the chip industry. Thakur will report to CEO Pat Gelsinger.
Intel’s new CEO Pat Gelsinger will spend $20 bn on two new plants to break into the foundry business. The firm plans more factories across the USA. The aggressive plan will put Intel into direct competition with the world’s most-advanced chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Intel, for decades dominated the $400 bn industry, But today, Intel’s factories trail TSMC and Samsung, which make chips for Intel competitors — AMD, Amazon and Apple.
Google and Intel have joined hands to advance the edge software services and speed up the 5G app rollout. Google and Intel have planned to deploy 5G vRAN using Google Cloud’s Anthos app platform with Intel cloud-native platforms and solutions. Shailesh Shukla, Google Cloud VP and Networking GM said, he believed that partnering with app providers, carriers, CSP and telcos can reduce the cost and time-to-market needed for the telcos to shift to cloud-native 5G.
Intel has invested an additional $475 mn in its plant in Vietnam, bringing total investment to around $1.5 bn. The investment would be directed towards the improvement of tech and increase the production of 5G products and core processors. Vietnam has become an important crucial part of the global technology supply chain to diversify their production to minimise the impact of a Sino-US trade war.
Intel Chairman Omar Ishrak is planning to raise funds for a blank-check firm targeting deals in the health tech sector. Ishrak, who ran medical device firm Medtronic in the past, could file public registration papers with the US Securities and Exchange Commission soon. He is aiming to raise about $750 mn to $1 bn for the special purpose acquisition company or SPAC. Goldman Sachs Group is leading preparations for the IPO.
Chief Executive of Intel Corp’s self-driving car subsidiary Amnon Shashua said that Mobileye’s robotaxis will use multiple Luminar units to gain 360-degree lidar, radar and camera coverage all around the car. The robotaxis rolling out in eight cities in 2022 will each have four Luminar units. But Mobileye is also developing its own lidar sensor that it plans to start using in 2025 for cars, in a bid to lower the cost of autonomous driving.