Intel’s Foundry Business Continues to Suffer from $7 Billion Operating Loss

Intel Foundry: A $7 Billion Loss, Optimism, and a Long Road Ahead

Intel’s Chip Manufacturing Unit Suffers $7 Billion Loss in 2023

Intel, the world’s largest semiconductor manufacturer, reported significant losses for its chip manufacturing unit Intel Foundry on Tuesday. The company recorded a $7 billion loss in 2023, adding to the prior year’s loss of $5.2 billion. Despite a revenue drop of 31% from the previous year, with $18.9 billion in revenue for 2023 compared to $27.49 billion in 2022, Intel announced plans to invest $100 billion into chip factories in four US states.

The US government is looking to increase its domestic semiconductor business, and Intel’s American foundry plans helped secure nearly $20 billion in CHIPS and Science Act funding. Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger expressed optimism about the future of Intel Foundry, even though he expects more losses in 2024 and anticipates the unit may not break even until 2030.

Intel previously reported that Microsoft would use its foundry services and contribute $15 billion to revenue. However, these assurances did not prevent a 5% drop in Intel’s shares during trading on Wednesday. The company still has a long way to go to catch up with semiconductor production leader Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC), which is expected to see sales expand by 20% in 2024 to $83.4 billion.

Gelsinger attributed the revenue slide to past missteps, including a decision not to invest in extreme ultraviolet (EUV) machines from Dutch firm ASML. He shared that Intel now buys about 30% of its silicon wafers and emphasized the importance of improving EUV capabilities to bring more production in-house. By doing so, Intel aims to become more competitive in terms of price, performance, and overall leadership.

Finally, Intel announced it would begin reporting the results of its manufacturing operations as a standalone unit. Gelsinger emphasized the importance of transparency and accountability in this move, highlighting the company’s commitment to addressing past challenges and moving towards a more successful future.

Intel Foundry: A Long Road Ahead

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