Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Intel Gets into CIS Foundry Business through the Acquisition of Tower for $5.4B

BusinessWire: Intel and Tower Semiconductor announce a definitive agreement under which Intel will acquire Tower for approximately $5.4 billion.

Tower’s specialty technology portfolio, geographic reach, deep customer relationships and services-first operations will help scale Intel’s foundry services and advance our goal of becoming a major provider of foundry capacity globally,” said Pat Gelsinger, Intel CEO. “This deal will enable Intel to offer a compelling breadth of leading-edge nodes and differentiated specialty technologies on mature nodes – unlocking new opportunities for existing and future customers in an era of unprecedented demand for semiconductors.

Tower owns 5 fabs directly and another 3 through a joint venture with Nuvoton. 6 of them manufacture image sensors, among other products. For some reason, Tower does not mention BSI processing joint venture with GPixel in China.

Update: Intel Investors Day presentation already shows CIS in the list of its foundry offerings:


  1. Would Intel be really interested by imaging sensors techno from Tower, or they just need Tower to build their foundry service ?

    1. Many years ago Intel was interested in PC-cam and sold them in Costco stores. More recently Intel was promoting the RealSense technologies and it turned out to be unreal ...

  2. Can Gpix produce their sensor at Tower in the future?


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