how things have changed since then
IBM relied on AMD manufacturing chips for it, now it is the exact opposite
AMD designs chips for IBM to produce (Xbox 360, Fusin, ...)
IBM should be a great addition to manufacturers for AMD
AMD's Fusion Chips Are Made by IBM[02/05/2012 04:17 AM]
Advanced Micro Devices has disclosed at an analyst event that it had begun manufacturing of its chips at IBM's facilities. The partnership is believed to ensure AMD's ability to supply its next-generation A-series Fusion chips code-named "Trinity" to PC makers and be in position to compete against Intel Corp.'s Core i-series future products.
"We win together, we have partnership in good times and in difficult times. What we are seeing is a focus on execution running test chips through the [production] line to gather the data [...] with partners from IBM and Globalfoundries," said Rory Read, chief executive officer of AMD.
Officially, AMD produces its central processing unit (CPUs) exclusively at Globalfoundries (GF), a contract manufacturer of semiconductors controlled by an Abu Dhabi-based financial organization called ATIC and AMD. The chip designer complained throughout 2011 about low production yield at Globalfoundries and even signed an agreement under which it paid GF on per working chips basis, not on per wafer basis.
Production of chips at IBM facilities means a number of things, the most important of which is increased ability to compete in terms of volume with Intel. While Intel runs more than five leading-edge semiconductor making fabs across the world and those facilities by definition can produce times more chips than IBM and GF combined, it is clear that added manufacturing capacity will be good for AMD.
For a number of times AMD noted about better availability of Trinity APU compared without elaboration. Apparently, better availability is conditioned by adding a new manufacturing facility as well as improved design of the chip itself.
According to performance benchmarks conducted by AMD, the Trinity 35W APU with Piledriver-class x86 cores will provide 25% better x86 performance compared to Llano 35W (with K10.5+ "Husky" x86 cores) based on results obtained in PC Mark Vantage Productivity benchmark. AMD also claims that Trinity 35W will offer up to 50% better result in 3D Mark Vantage performance benchmark compared to Llano 35W.
Enter your username and e-mail address. Password will be sent to you.
11:23 pm | Chinese Tianhe-2 Supercomputer Becomes World’s Fastest Supercomputer. Intel Xeon “Ivy Bridge-EP” and Xeon Phi Power World’s Top Supercomputer
11:19 pm | GlobalFoundries to Make Application Processors for RockChip. RockChip to Address Tablet SoC Market with 28nm Chips Made by GlobalFoundries
11:12 pm | Asrock Extends Warranty of Flagship Mainboard to Five Years. Asrock Z87 OC Formula Motherboards Have Five Years Warranty
11:08 pm | Apple: We Received 4 – 5 Thousands Requests from U.S. Law Enforcements, Refused to Fulfill As Many As We Could. Apple Committed to Customer Privacy, Explains How It Works with Law Enforcement Organizations
11:04 pm | SanDisk Enhances Flashsoft Software for Server-Side SSD Caching. FlashSoft 3.2 Software Adds Support for Multiple SSDs and SSD Mirroring
8:15 pm | AMD Unveils Server Strategy and Roadmap. AMD Adds Berlin, Seattle and Warsaw Processors into Roadmap
7:38 pm | Nvidia Set to Radically Change Business Model, License Graphics Cores to Others. Nvidia Takes ARM, Imagination Technologies Route, Intends to License Kepler Graphics Tech