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Intel spills Atom secrets to Taiwan

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. will now manufacture custom Atom processors

Intel has struck a deal with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) to expand its Atom SoC (System on a Chip) processor for use in a wider range of devices, including mobile internet devices, smartphones and netbooks.

Intel revealed that it would port its Atom processor CPU cores to the TSMC technology platform including processes, IP, libraries and design flows. TSMC, the world's largest made-to-order chip foundry, will then be able to manufacture custom Atom SoC processors for customers.

"We believe this effort will make it easier for customers with significant design expertise to take advantage of benefits of the Intel Architecture in a manner that allows them to customize the implementation precisely to their needs," said Paul Otellini, Intel president and CEO, in a company statement.

"The combination of the compelling benefits of our Atom processor combined with the experience and technology of TSMC is another step in our long-term strategic relationship," Otellini added.

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