Intel announced that it has won a contract that will see the US-based chipmaker doing business with the US Department of Defense (DoD). The contract is a major gain for the brand’s self-titled Intel Foundry Systems, which was also competing against rival semiconductor plants TSMC and Samsung.
According to the official press release, the contract will have Intel provide the DoD with commercial foundry services for the first phase of the latter’s Rapid Assured Microelectronics Prototypes program, otherwise known by its acronym, RAMP-C.
For that matter, Intel won’t be pulling off the task alone. In order to fulfill its obligation, Intel Foundry Services will partner up with a bunch of other major industry players; the list includes IBM, Cadence, and Synopsys, to name a few.
Again, Intel’s newest contract with the DoD is a boon, as well as a sign that the US is shifting its dependency from silicon provided by Asian foundries towards industry giants based at home. It is also likely that any production from Intel will likely start from the two new chip plants the chipmaker is planning to build in the state of Arizona, to the sum of US$20 billion (~RM84 billion).