Altera are top of their game when it comes to creating programmable logic solutions that cater to everything from SoCs to audio hardware processing chips for many major manufacturers and industry and now that they've signed a deal to use Intel's next gen 14nm fabrication plant, they seem set on cementing their constant innovation for years to come.
"Altera’s next-generation products extend the company’s tailored approach by including device families based on Intel’s 14 nm Tri-Gate process technology as well as TSMC’s 20 nm system-on-a-chip (20SoC) process technology. Mixing and matching process technologies enable Altera to create the most-differentiated, highly optimized products in the industry." - altera.co.uk
Intel have a good side-line in contracting out their foundry capabilities, and as far as customers go, this is a pretty huge on for both companies. The deal was officially signed on Monday.
“We look at the best available technology. Intel is ahead of the industry in process node advantages,” - Altera CTO Misha Burich
Of course, it’s not as simple as selling them chips and the 14nm process is still in development, so it may be years before there is anything Altera can use, but there is no harm in planning for the future and all of Altera's high end products from now on will be built with Intel hardware.