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Advanced Micro Devices denied on Tuesday that IBM had started to make chips on contract basis for the company. AMD said that IBM only provided consulting services to Globalfoundries, contract maker of AMD's microprocessors, so that to enable it to boost yields of chips produced using 32nm silicon-on-insulator process technology.

"IBM has given some consulting support to GF, as far as I know they are not producing chips for us," a spokesperson for AMD told X-bit labs.

Since IBM, Globalfoundries, Samsung Electronics and STMicroelectronics are jointly develop various semiconductor process technologies, they usually unify manufacturing processes and can help each other to build chips if needed. For example, Globalfoundries' fab 8 in Saratoga, New York, and IBM's facility in East Fishkill, New York, at present can produce the same chips. Nonetheless, this is not a case when it comes to IBM and AMD's central processing units and accelerated processing units as they are exclusively made at Globalfoundries.

During an event for financial analysts last week, AMD's chief executive Rory Read named IBM as one of AMD's manufacturing partners that helps to solve issues with supply of the company's latest chips, which implied that AMD had quietly added a manufacturing partner.

"We win together and we have a partnership [...] in difficult times and in good times. What we are seeing is the focus on execution, running the test chips through the line, the gathering of data, [...] working with partners from IBM and GlobalFoundries. We're seeing real focus day in and day out on execution improvement. Because of the work we're doing at the partnership level, we're getting the right kind of uptick from their side of the organization as well," said Mr. Read.

Back in 2011 Advanced Micro Devices ran into supply problems with its latest chips, including those made using 32nm SOI process technology - Bulldozer, Llano, etc. The firm had to change its supply agreement with Globalfoundries and worked hard to boost production yields of its APUs and CPUs. The major issues are believed to be solved by now.

Tags: AMD, Globalfoundries, IBM, Semiconductor, Llano, Bulldozer, Zambezi, Orochi, 32nm

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1 8 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 02/07/12 06:02:06 PM]
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No, IBM is working as a consultant with Global Foundries. Though you did say IBM was helping build the chips, so stop being an ass and seem like a mr know-it-all.
3 2 [Posted by: tecknurd  | Date: 02/07/12 09:12:03 PM]
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Obviously you have no clue and continuing reading comprehension issues. You can stop the hate because hating does not change reality.
1 2 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 02/08/12 10:57:00 AM]
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I might be missing some weird dynamic going on between you two, but thats exactly what i understand beenthere to mean. Not sure why the huge thumbs down and all that.
2 0 [Posted by: genie  | Date: 02/09/12 12:00:49 AM]
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Some Intel fanbois here hate on me for posting accurate technical info. that refutes their hating of AMD.

They down rate every post I make as if that will change reality and make their delusions come true. It's been going on for a long time but reality does not change.
0 1 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 02/09/12 06:42:39 AM]
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The GF's Fab 8 is producing experimental chips for IBM and the latter is naturally consulting it how to improve yields at Fab 8.

But IBM's involvement in Dresden fabs has not been known so far.
2 1 [Posted by: Anton  | Date: 02/08/12 03:47:01 AM]
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Maybe not known by YOU...
1 2 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 02/08/12 10:57:44 AM]
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what a fan chattering. please put some serious commentary on the text

malta, fishkill ... never been to those places. they seem cheerful to me
0 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 02/12/12 02:17:11 AM]
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The rumor actually started here as I remember
1 0 [Posted by: madooo12  | Date: 02/08/12 09:29:46 AM]
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anton, even a n00b can figure this one out.
you did a sh!tty job in your previous article.
2 1 [Posted by: wuttz  | Date: 02/08/12 09:39:33 AM]
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You know Anton would never try to make AMD look bad... Perish the thought.
1 3 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 02/08/12 10:58:44 AM]
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actually, slingin mud at amd is the #1 click magnet in the world wide web. even out-numbers clicks for kim kardashian sex tapes.
2 0 [Posted by: wuttz  | Date: 02/08/12 05:43:06 PM]
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Damn.. who knew?

I'll have to get those KK sex tapes and watch them on my Llano laptop!
0 2 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 02/08/12 05:57:06 PM]
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As user I don't care where and who will made AMD chips as long as they can beat sandy-E in price and performance I will buy their chip full stop
1 0 [Posted by: fayzacantik  | Date: 02/08/12 07:57:57 PM]
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troy,ny amd & ibm where test flash chips, as amd won't use that fab till about 2014 in 20 nm to 10 nm swing.

Drashek troyologist....
0 0 [Posted by: thomasxstewart  | Date: 02/08/12 08:59:35 PM]
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It remains to be seen what the Malta, NY GloFo Fab 8 will produce. There is no Fab in Troy, NY or Saratoga, NY as the media likes to improperly use to replace the small town of Malta, NY where the Fab is actually located.
0 1 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 02/09/12 06:45:20 AM]
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What is it with Xbit labs, every time AMD is even mentioned a pack of retards start posting incomprehensible gibberish ???
1 0 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 02/09/12 10:18:00 PM]
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There are Intel fanbois here that are haters and they attack AMD and me every chance they can as if hating was going to change reality. It never does but they are in serious denial.

There is also one person here who post incomprehensible gibberish on all subjects at Xbit's and other websites for some unknown reason?

Anton is also pro Intel and uses inflammatory AMD stories to raise his hit count to increase ad revenues. He's been doing this for years.
0 1 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 02/10/12 06:02:14 AM]
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