Intel had a busy week. A trio of news announcements revealed its chiplets progress, a manufacturing agreement with Arm, and the shedding of another non-core line of business.\nPrototype multi-die chips heading to DoD\nThe biggest news is that Intel has begun to ship prototype multi-die chips to the U.S. Department of Defense more than a year ahead of schedule. The DoD project known as State-of-the-Art Heterogeneous Integrated Packaging (SHIP) is an ambitious plan that will connect Intel\u2019s CPUs, FPGAs, ASICs and government-developed chiplets all within the same processor packaging, as opposed to multiple separate dies.\nAMD was the first to pursue the chiplet design, but AMD took a different approach in that it broke up large, monolithic CPUs into smaller chips. So, instead of one physical piece of silicon with 32 cores, it created four chiplets with eight cores each connected by high-speed interconnects. The idea is that it\u2019s much easier to manufacture an eight-core chip than a 32-core chip.\nBut what AMD is doing is all x86. Intel is mixing multiple chip designs, and some of them are coming from outside the company, namely the federal government. The DoD chips are believed to contain sensitive military IP, so it\u2019s plausible that part of the appeal of working with Intel is that Intel primarily makes its chips in Arizona.\u00a0AMD\u2019s chips are made by TSMC in Taiwan.\nIt\u2019s a positive sign that Intel is shipping this prototype a year ahead of schedule.\nWorking with Arm\nIn a move that would\u2019ve been unthinkable a decade ago, Intel and Arm have signed an agreement to make it easier for Arm licensees to have their products manufactured at an Intel fab using an upcoming advanced production node.\nIt\u2019s a big win for Intel and its IDM 2.0 strategy of making chips for third parties. The strategy was announced two years ago but hasn\u2019t really landed any big names. The deal will see Arm and Intel Foundry Services (IFS) work together to optimize their respective technologies to help chip designers have the chips made using Intel\u2019s 18A process node.\nThe effort will focus on mobile SoC designs at first, but it is not limited to mobile SOCs. Intel left the door open to a broader range of use cases, including automotive, IoT, data center, aerospace and government applications.\nSelling off the server business\nIntel continues to divest non-core products and businesses, with the latest being the sale of its server line. If it\u2019s news to you that Intel has a server business, you\u2019re not alone.\nIntel has confirmed it is quitting the server-building business and will sell off its rather meager business to MiTAC, a Taiwanese electronics manufacturer and parent company of Tyan, a maker of server components and servers.\n\u201cIn line with Intel\u2019s continued efforts to prioritize investments in its IDM 2.0 strategy, we have made the difficult decision to exit our Data Center Solutions Group (DSG). As part of this plan, MiTAC, an edge-to-cloud IT solutions provider and longstanding ODM partner of DSG, will have the right to manufacture and sell products based on our designs. We are focused on ensuring the DSG team and its stakeholders are supported during this transition,\u201d said an Intel spokesperson in an emailed statement.\nIntel sold very few server units. It never showed up on the top server sales charts from Gartner or IDC. So it\u2019s no surprise that the company is cutting it loose. Intel has made a number of product cuts in recent years, most notably the elimination of its Optane persistent memory technology.