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Globalfoundries to Start 14nm Tests in Q1 2013 - Company.
On March 4, 2012, AMD executed a second amendment to its WSA with GF. Key elements of the amendment:
1) Wafer pricing established:
• AMD and GLOBALFOUNDRIES negotiated fixed wafer pricing in 2012
• Established a framework for wafer pricing in 2013
2) $430 million payment obligation from 2011 WSA amendment is waived.
3) Waives the exclusivity arrangement for AMD to manufacture certain 28nm APU products at GLOBALFOUNDRIES for a specified period. As a result:
• AMD agreed to pay GF a cash payment of $425 million over a period of two AMD fiscal years.
• AMD transferred all of its remaining ownership interest in GF* to GF, and no longer has a GF board seat.
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P.S. I see that your partner troll in crimes against AMD has been banned again. But I see he is still patrolling the site and down voting with his 8+ multiple aliases. He's a sad little turd. You should openly discourage him or be held complicit and follow the same fate.
P.S.(2) I expect the 8 to double as he double dips the down votes.
Anyone with a clue knows that Intel's node and transistor change from Sandy Bridge to Ivy Bridge was NOT a great transition. In fact the only thing Intel gained was lower power consumption via the 22nm node, not the tri-gate or FinFET transistor design which turned out to be very poor. It's bad enough that Intel has abandoned the Ivy Bridge trigate design for future processors.
Of course the above bias story doesn't mention the issues that Intel experienced with IB such as running hot, minimal overclocking ability and high costs. All we hear is how great the power savings is. In actual use you might not even see a significant difference in power consumption.
Sheeple are easily duped.
BTW, Global Foundries just increased their stake in AMD from 15% to 19% so someone has confidence in AMD's future and they are spending their money to prove it.
IDK why everybody is saying that in the news and I honesty believe they are wrong.
If they're not wrong, then there's something wrong with AMD.
Sure AMD pushed back Steamroller. I think this is a decision made or influenced by Jim Keller. I think he believes that he will actually FIX the modular design and he needs additional time for the supplementary development.
I will not be surprised if Steamroller will bring an impressive 30% to 40% performance jump in 2014.
But this is not the only reason for AMD to push back Steamroller.
The second reason is the fact that the 28nm process has been ready at GlobalFoundries for more than 1 year and the FD-SOI upgrade is able to offer more than a 50% improvement in frequency or power consumption.
Therefore AMD does not need a new architecture in 2013.
I believe the company will simply move the current 32nm FX and Opteron processors on the 28nm FD-SOI process and that's upgrade enough.
The move will make the processors smaller and more profitable while lowering the power consumption and increasing the frequency potential.
A simple 28nm SOI migration will likely bring at least a 20% frequency OR power consumption improvement and even this 20% is upgrade enough.
On the other hand, if the company moves the Piledriver CPU's to a FD-SOI enhanced 28nm process, I expect more than a 40% improvement.
It will be AMD's choice if those 40% will be on the frequency/ performance side or on the power consumption/ efficiency side or a balanced ratio between the two.
But I believe that AMD WILL have new AM3+ and server processors next year.
On the other hand, if I'm wrong, then I admit that I don't understand the company's logic at all, right now.
The current Piledriver FX 8350 is competitive with Intel's 2500K.
A 40% performance jump (thanks to a successful transition to a smaller FD-SOI manufacturing process) will bring it to Ivy Bridge level.
A 2014 30% to 40% performance jump thanks to a transition to the "smarter" Steamroller architecture will actually make AMD's CPUs competitive with Intel's future processors.
If AMD competing head to head with Intel's 2014 CPUs is optimistic, AMD not moving to 28nm in 2013 is simply idiotic IMHO.
I find it absolutely impossible for AMD to just sit with 32nm Piledriver processors throughout the whole next year.
You should thank RR for that.
I think its clear enough, i don't need to get into details.
"Sure AMD pushed back Steamroller. I think this is a decision made or influenced by Jim Keller. I think he believes that he will actually FIX the modular design and he needs additional time for the supplementary development."
Nope, if it was Jim Keller's choice he would of scrapped this architecture completely because its useless.
Then again they might be starting from scratch to fix the issues or to scrap it and start from scratch with a new architecture. Maybe that is why there would be nothing for 2013.
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