Intel Celebrates Launch of Intel Foundry with Customers, Founders, and Industry Heavyweights at First-Ever Intel Foundry Direct Connect Event

Last week marked a monumental moment for Intel with our launch of “Intel Foundry,” the world’s first systems foundry for the AI era, delivering leadership in technology, resiliency, and sustainability. The announcement was made at Intel’s inaugural foundry event, Intel Foundry Direct Connect – the culmination of several years of work both internally at Intel and with an external ecosystem of partners and customers. The event was also awash with special guest appearances, including U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella, Arm CEO Rene Haas and OpenAI co-founder and CEO Sam Altman.

Intel highlighted its efforts to deliver five process technology nodes in four years and provided a roadmap update to shed light on future technology innovations beyond these committed nodes. A portfolio of leading-edge packaging technologies is being offered to customers to facilitate design and production of heterogeneous systems of chips for advanced computing platforms in the AI-era. Intel’s system focus includes design capability, wafer fabrication and packaging solutions to meet the needs of customers across a variety of industries and applications.

Intel Capital is committed to supporting the success of Intel Foundry and its customers the Foundry Innovation Fund, which continues to be a resource for ambitious founders and their early-stage or established companies. Such companies were mentioned on stage at Intel Foundry Direct Connect, including Intel Capital portfolio companies SiPhox, Ayar Labs and Movellus. Portfolio companies also appeared on the show floor including ProteanTecs which showcased its chip monitoring agents. Company leaders from Fabric8Labs, SambaNova Systems, Eliyan, 3D Glass Solutions, Movellus, and Untether AI attended the milestone event, representing a key part of the Intel Capital portfolio ecosystem.

AI luminary Sam Altman closed the event with a fireside chat, sharing his take on AI consumption as an energy resource – envisioning a system where consumers pay for what they need, when they need it. Altman’s perspective offers tremendous implications for Intel and the industry at large as we build out AI infrastructure at scale, opening a wide variety of opportunities up and down the stack.

Intel Capital is investing to support Intel Foundry initiatives, including new construction technology and sustainability innovation. We expect to build upon this promising start to deliver a world-class foundry with Intel Capital and its portfolio companies playing a role in its success.