Intel's (INTC +1.9%) chip foundry business has reeled in Cisco (CSCO -0.1%) as a customer,...

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Intel's (INTC +1.9%) chip foundry business has reeled in Cisco (CSCO -0.1%) as a customer, sources tell Bloomberg ahead of the chip giant's Q4 report. If true, the deal would easily be the largest thus far for Intel's foundry ops, which are trying to leverage the company's manufacturing process edge to gain ground against the likes of TSM, UMC, and Samsung. Cisco's switches and routers depend heavily on custom ASICs produced by foundries. Piper reported of an Intel-Cisco tie-up in September.