Last year, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger announced the IDM 2.0 strategy, one of the plans is to create world-class Intel foundry services (IFS). Although Intel’s semiconductor manufacturing technology has always been at the forefront of the industry, the research and development of manufacturing technology for many years has basically considered its own products. It is optimized for a specific chip design and uses a proprietary EDA tool, which is not friendly to third-party companies. In addition, Intel has no previous experience in foundry and lacks sufficient internal personnel to operate.
Earlier this year, Intel launched the IFS Accelerator program to provide chip designers with proven EDA tools, and also optimize design services for its process nodes, process-specific silicon-proven IP portfolio, and partners. However, as of February 2022, the IFS Accelerator consortium has only 17 members.
In order to enhance the competitiveness of the IFS sector as soon as possible, Intel recently hired Suk Lee, the former head of TSMC’s Open Innovation Platform (OIP), as its Ecosystem Technology. TSMC’s open innovation platform is a complete design technology architecture, including the provision of EDA tools, IP blocks, design services (front-end and back-end), packaging services, logistics services, etc., which reduces the obstacles that may be encountered in the design process and improves the first production success rate.
Suk Lee, a Korean national who worked for Synopsys, Cadence, and Texas Instruments, joined TSMC in 2009 and worked in TSMC’s US branch in the early days. Later, he returned to TSMC’s headquarters and was mainly responsible for the open innovation platform.