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Intel To Build 22nm Trigate Processors for Netronome

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Intel has found a new foundry customer. Netronome said that Intel has agreed to manufacture its flow processors using its 22 nm process.

The production will leverage Intel's 3D Trigate transistor technology that is more and more emerging as a cash cow for the company beyond its own product range. Netronome said that the transistors will "shatter system benchmarks for flow processor performance, power and cost in network and security applications."

The company also said that it will be able to take "full advantage of Intel's tools and proprietary modeling capabilities" and ensure that it has "uninterrupted product supply" as it can count of more than just one fab as production facility. Intel and Netronome did not release any numbers that would indicate production volume of network flow processors.

Netronome is the third foundry deal for Intel. Previously, Tabula and Achronix announced that their FPGAs would be manufactured by Intel in a 22 nm process. It appears that Nvidia would also be interested in having Intel produce its chips. Intel, however, declined and said that it has no intent helping its rivals.

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    willard , April 4, 2012 8:25 PM
    PreyLooks like it's getting closer to buy some Intel stock.

    Seeing as they've been posting record profits and growth for several years in a row now (I think close to a decade), I think you've long since missed the window.
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    rflynn88 , April 4, 2012 8:37 PM
    Nvidia is Intel's rival in the smartphone/tablet SoC market. Tegra competes directly against Atom.
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    Prey , April 4, 2012 8:07 PM
    Looks like it's getting closer to buy some Intel stock.
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    willard , April 4, 2012 8:25 PM
    PreyLooks like it's getting closer to buy some Intel stock.

    Seeing as they've been posting record profits and growth for several years in a row now (I think close to a decade), I think you've long since missed the window.
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    rflynn88 , April 4, 2012 8:37 PM
    Nvidia is Intel's rival in the smartphone/tablet SoC market. Tegra competes directly against Atom.
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    g00fysmiley , April 4, 2012 8:39 PM
    yumrihow is nVidia Intel's rival? i thought a GPU was separate from the CPU except for the integrated GPU which is basically just for everyday use proposes and not made for extreme gaming like nVidia's cards are.Also in that picture what version of QDR? and will it be able to go above 1333MHz for DDR3?now @ Prey Intel will most likely not go up anytime soon until this comes out and bees a hit in the market for whatever reason. still with QDR what market are they aiming for?


    Nvidia is not competing with Intel in the aftermarket gpu area. btu intel is smart, they know cloud computing and tablets/phones used as a one portal devices through things like the asus transformer series are going to keep coming, intel has thier mobile area where they are competing with Tegra 3, even if they only made Nvidia GPU and not thier Tegra chips the added benefit of the node shrink for Nvidia would likely result in more R&D money for Tegra which harms Intel. it is a smart call
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    Niva , April 4, 2012 8:46 PM
    willardSeeing as they've been posting record profits and growth for several years in a row now (I think close to a decade), I think you've long since missed the window.


    What's even more interesting is that investors outlook on intel stock is that it's high right now. They think that competition with Arm and the emerging markets such as tablet/mobile processors are not a strong place for Intel.

    I think the investors are wrong, it blows my mind how Apple shares can be so high while Intel and MS shares are priced equivalent to sliced bread. Whatever!
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    tmk221 , April 4, 2012 8:49 PM
    Intel has hundreds streams of income and that's why I have lost my faith in amd. They didn't diversify their business and now they are screwed unless they find some strategic investor..
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    A Bad Day , April 4, 2012 8:51 PM
    willardSeeing as they've been posting record profits and growth for several years in a row now (I think close to a decade), I think you've long since missed the window.


    Well, the only option left is to wait around for Intel to repeat the Netburst fiasco and short-sell their stocks.
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    acadia11 , April 4, 2012 8:53 PM
    Apple competes with Samsung but Samsung has Apple manufacturing deals maybe Intel should take note.
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    acadia11 , April 4, 2012 8:53 PM
    Nvidia runs circles around Intel when it comes to GPU knowledge, Intel would be smart to actually Nvidia's GPU's for them. Keep friends close but your enemies even closer.
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    obsama1 , April 4, 2012 9:08 PM
    Their stock is only $27...
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    madooo12 , April 4, 2012 10:00 PM
    acadia11Nvidia runs circles around Intel when it comes to GPU knowledge, Intel would be smart to actually Nvidia's GPU's for them. Keep friends close but your enemies even closer.

    intel has billions, they could make GPUs (or cookies or anything they want) easily
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    vittau , April 4, 2012 10:08 PM
    madooo12intel has billions, they could make GPUs (or cookies or anything they want) easily

    This.
    The only reason Intel isn't a giant in the GPU market is because it's a niche market and doesn't interest them.
    Face it, the average user doesn't need an HD7970, when an Intel HD integrated solution does the job just fine.
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    thegreatms , April 4, 2012 10:22 PM
    obsama1Their stock is only $27...


    They are paying out a pretty nice dividend every quarter. 21 cents a quarter right now.
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    pjmelect , April 4, 2012 10:24 PM
    I wonder if one day Intel will make AMD processors instead of GF. It makes sense as Intel would get a cut of of the AMD sales and AMD would get more advanced production facilities also Intel would not have problems with the monopolies commission if AMD were to stop competing with Intel
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    memadmax , April 4, 2012 10:29 PM
    Hal: "I can't do that dave...."
    Dave: "OPEN THE POD BAY DOORS HAL!!!!!"
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    memadmax , April 4, 2012 10:32 PM
    Intel could smash the GPU market like a raging bull in a china dish store....
    But they don't.
    Which is kind of weird actually.
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    cookoy , April 4, 2012 11:57 PM
    Intel clearly has a huge manufacturing capacity to meet all its own requirements and still have spare capacity to accept outside jobs. And it shows Intel confidence in mastering the 22nm process technology. AMD is in deep shit.
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    ta152h , April 5, 2012 1:37 AM
    Maybe if NVIDIA stopped acting like petulent children, real companies might talk to them. They aren't a professional company at all, and their CEO is not at all professional. A CEO of a big company should be professional, and never say some of the stuff he does. He acts like he's someone off the street that can say whatever he wants, whenever he wants, and then whines because Intel won't make processors for him.

    Part of being CEO is to know when you can say what you want, and when you can't, and just take the high road rather than embarrass your company. If I were running Intel, I would never deal with this ass-clown. Maybe when he acts like an adult, and a CEO, Intel might talk to him.

    I'd be much less surprised if Intel did fab work for AMD instead. At least they have a grown-up running the company.
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    Anonymous , April 5, 2012 1:45 AM
    Netro-who?
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