Intel recently announced that its foundry service division will provide foundry services for the first phase of the US Department of Defense “RAMP-C” program, cooperating with companies such as IBM, Synopsys, and Cadence.
At the time of global chip shortage, the U.S. government is striving to build its own chip manufacturing ecosystem, because most U.S. IC design companies are fabless and need to rely on Asian foundries; this also makes most advanced processes in Asia.
For this reason, the US Department of Defense proposed the RAMP-C plan, only to strengthen the security of the supply chain and accelerate the US’s own chip manufacturing, packaging and IC design capabilities. The main goal of the plan is to design and produce advanced process chips in the United States to ensure long-term supply of chips.
Intel recently announced that its foundry service division will participate in this plan, and cooperate with IBM, Synopsys, Cadence and other companies to provide foundry services for the first phase of the RAMP-C plan. Intel established its foundry division this year and officially announced its investment in foundry business, which will produce chips for itself or other customers; at the same time, it has also invested US$20 billion to build two new wafer fabs in Arizona, the United States, to expand production capacity to meet market demand.
Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger said that one of the biggest lessons learned in the past year is to understand the importance of semiconductor strategy and the value of a strong semiconductor industry to the United States; Intel is the only company that designs and also engages in a US semiconductor company that manufactures advanced processors.
Randhir Thakur, President of Intel Foundry Services, pointed out that combining Intel’s customers and ecosystem partners (including IBM, Cadence, Synopsys, etc.) will help strengthen the US semiconductor supply chain and ensure that the US remains a leader in R&D and advanced manufacturing status.