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ATI, graphics business unit of Advanced Micro Devices, will use 28nm HKMG manufacturing process of Globalfoundries to make graphics processors. AMD is obliged to use Globalfoundries to make graphics chips, but the company has not disclosed any concrete plans after the contract manufacturer cancelled its 32nm bulk fabrication process.

“The first intersection of our AMD GPUs and Globalfoundries are on the 28nm. We haven’t been public with respect to any timing there,” said Dirk Meyer, chief executive officer of AMD, during a quarterly conference call with financial analysts.

Globalfoundries is projected to start making commercial chips at 28nm node sometime in 2011, presumably early in the year. However, this does not mean that ATI will be ready with 28nm graphics processing units early next year.

Globalfoundries’ 28nm fabrication process will be available in two variants:

  • The 28nm-HP (High Performance) variant will be optimized for leading-edge applications in such areas as graphics, game consoles, storage, networking and media encoding.
  • The 28nm-SLP (Super Low Power) variant is optimized for wireless mobile applications such as baseband, application processors, and other handheld functions that require long battery lifetime.

Tags: ATI, AMD, Globafoundries, 28nm, Semiconductor

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I don't think anyone is suprised by this.

AMD/GF just hadn't come out and said it until now.
0 0 [Posted by: cheeseman  | Date: 04/19/10 02:26:53 PM]
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It'll be good to see then end of TSMC's horrible 40nm node. Hopefully Nvidia can get back to being competitive and I won't have to spend 50% of my upgrade budget on a video card.
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so, SI this year on TSMC 40nm, NI next year on GF 28nm.

What are Nvidia's plans?
0 0 [Posted by: tabovilla  | Date: 04/19/10 09:12:02 PM]
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To create 1GW videocard!
0 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 04/20/10 04:31:41 AM]
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They are actually aiming for 1.21 Jiggawatts. Think of the PR spin they can put on that number.
0 0 [Posted by: uibo  | Date: 04/20/10 03:32:54 PM]
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I hear ya #2, and agree wholeheartedly.

IIRC Chollie has written about this before. He said they would start at TSMC and transition to GF. If this means a 'halo' chip at TSMC and the subsequent family at GF, or a second generation altogether, I don't recall. Still, good to hear from the horses mouth.

A wild guess would be that whatever GPUs go into second generation fusion (Llano and Ontario successor) products; presumably including northern island derivatives; fabbed on 28nm bulk at GF and arriving in 2012, would first be created at GF as discreet GPU products out in 2011. Something in the vein of Redwood/Juniper and Cedar replacements, or rather what they would've been had NI actually existed on 32nm.
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