AMD's Fusion Chips In Tight Supply - Report

AMD Boosts Orders to TSMC as Demand Exceeds Supply

by Anton Shilov
02/21/2011 | 11:19 PM

Advanced Micro Devices has boosted orders for its Fusion processors based on Bobcat micro-architecture to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. Apparently, demand towards low-power Fusion chips at present is exceeding supply.

 

Due to shortages of Fusion accelerated processing units - which integrate one or two x86 cores based on Bobcat architecture and DirectX 11-supporting ATI Radeon HD 6000-class graphics processing units along with memory controller and additional special-purpose hardware - AMD's C- and E-series APUs code-named Ontario and Zacate are hard to find in Europe and the U.S., reports DigiTimes web-site citing Commercial Times news-paper.

It is unclear how many more APUs the Sunnyvale, California-based designer of microprocessors and graphics chips ordered from TSMC. However, it is reported that AMD hopes to "secure all new capacity from TSMC's 300mm fab, Fab 14's phase 4 facilities to solve the shortage issue".

For about 1.5 months in 2010 AMD managed to sell around a million of its Fusion APUs. The number is hardly too high and it is not surprising that the chips are in tight supply given the fact that many netbook and mainboard makers have introduced their products based on the C- and E-series APUs.

AMD and TSMC did not comment on the news-story.