Too many chips made in Asia Say’s by Intel chief Pat Gelsinger
Intel’s new chief executive has told the BBC it’s not “palatable” that numerous computer chips are made in Asia.
The majority of processors are currently manufactured within the region, with Taiwan’s TSMC and South Korea’s Samsung the dominant players.
US-based Intel plans to line up a replacement division to form chips for other companies that supported their own designs.
Until now, its focus had been on manufacturing its own chips in its factories across the planet.
Pat Gelsinger has said Intel will invest $20bn (£14.6bn) in two new fabrication plants within the US state of Arizona, additionally to a serious expansion of an existing Irish facility in County Kildare.
“Having 80% of all supply in Asia simply isn’t a palatable manner for the planet to possess its view of the foremost critical technology,” Mr Gelsinger said.
“Every smartphone, every telemedicine, every remote worker, every remote education, every autonomous vehicle, every aspect of humanity is becoming more digital.
“And when it becomes digital, it runs on semiconductors.
“This is that the heart of each aspect of human existence going forward. and therefore the world needs a more balanced supply chain to accomplish that. We’re stepping in.”
He added that Intel also intended to build a further chip-making foundry in a different European nation, but would not be drawn about exactly where.