The world is currently facing an extreme semiconductor crisis and many industries depending on the stable supply of silicon have been forced to forcefully shut down most of their productions. Currently, the US, where most of the semiconductor giants are concentrated have has released its policy to help re-shape the chip fabrication.
As such, Intel, which has been the silicon king for the past three decades has started its spree of buying chip fabricators from across the globe. Recently, the report that comes from Wall Street Journal states that Intel is currently in buyout talks with the Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Investment to acquire GlobalFoundries.
For now, it’s unclear as to whether the deal will receive a green signal however, any potential deal could value GlobalFoundries at around $30 billion. This is yet another news of Intel buying out chip foundries, we previously also heard the reports of a similar type of deal involving intel.
A few weeks ago, Bloomberg reported that Intel had offered around $2 billion to acquire the fabless semiconductor SiFive. The company is one of the biggest producers of commercial RISC-V processor IP and silicon solutions based on the RISC-V instruction set architecture.
Intel’s IDM 2.0 strategy is in full swing under the banner of its new CEO, Patrick Gelsinger, and is seeking to enhance its chip fabrication footprint. To achieve these results Intel has formed a completely separate business unit called the Intel Foundry Services (IFS).
Intel also seeking to expand its footprint in the US and the EU by offering a committed capacity and a comprehensive IP portfolio, which includes x86 cores as well as ARM and RISC-V ecosystem IPs. According to sources, the chipmaker is also investing $20 billion to build two new fabs at its Ocotillo facility in Arizona.
“Intel is expected to lose nearly 50% of its orders from Apple in 2021 and will eventually obtain no orders from the client. Losing Apple’s 10% market share and seeing AMD staying firmly with another 10%, Intel’s share in the notebook market is likely to slip below 80% in 2023, the sources noted.”