After AMD, Intel may also outsource the chipset to Xiangshuo. According to the Digitimes source, Intel is also discussing its cooperation with Xiangshuo. The chipset is designed by outsourcing Xiangshuo, but neither Intel nor Xiangshuo has commented at present.
Outsourcing chipset design has advantages and disadvantages. At present, all chipsets are PCH Nanqiao functions. It mainly provides functions such as PCIe and USB. It is not complicated. The cost of maintaining chipset team by Intel is also higher. Outsourcing chipset design helps to reduce costs.
However, Intel chipset design and production mode is different from AMD, not only self-research, but also self-production. This 10-nm processor released in Taipei is equipped with 14-nm PCH chipset, integrated Wi-Fi 6 802.11 AC MAC (CNVi 2) with independent radio frequency AX201, fully integrated voltage regulator, built-in programmable four-core DSP, supporting voice wake-up, and can provide six USB 3.1 or 10 USB 2.0, 16. PCIe 3.0, three SATA 6Gbps and eMMC 5.1 have much more complex functions.
If Intel decides to outsource chipset design, it will probably mean that Intel will outsource chipset production to other generation factories, such as TSMC, Unicom and so on. Before that, when 14-nm capacity was insufficient, there was always news that Intel would entrust the production of low-end chipsets to TSMC, which has not been confirmed.
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