Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger is set to embark on a tour of Asia to meet foundry partners and suppliers in the region. Gelsinger will travel to Taiwan, Japan, and India, with TSMC being the primary stop. The Taiwanese foundry is now Intel’s key partner, fabbing its Arc Alchemist GPUs on its 6nm process node. The 2nd and 3rd generation of Arc GPUs are also expected to leverage an advanced TSMC node. The same applies to the GPU chiplet of the 14th Gen Meteor/Arrow Lake processors.
TSMC has two additional supply partners in Asia, namely Japan’s Tokyo Electron and Ibiden Co, and Taiwan’s Unimicron Tech Corp. These firms supply Intel with advanced foundry equipment as well as ABF substrates which are one of the key components of chip manufacturing. This is expected to be a regular visit with no major announcements expected during the trip.
As far as the India visit is concerned, Intel’s primary campus is in Bangalore where the R&D of its Habana AI accelerators as well as some of its Core processors takes place. The 11th Gen Rocket Lake-S CPUs were designed here (backported 10nm Sunny Cove to 14nm Cypress Cove).