by Anton Shilov
07/19/2009 | 10:56 AM
Globalfoundries, a joint venture between Advanced Micro Devices and Advanced Technology Investment Company, said it would reveal a name of its additional customers in 30 days. Besides AMD itself, it is expected that Nvidia Corp., a leading designer of graphics processing units (GPUs) will become a major customer of Globalfoundries.
According to Jon Carvill, director of corporate communications at Globalfoundries, one, or more, of additional customers of Globalfoundries will be announced in the next 30 days, reports Cnet News web-site. The agreement between AMD and ATIC obliges the former to make certain portion of its microprocessors and ATI Radeon graphics chips at Globalfoundries. Early clients may “include companies that design low-power and wireless chips for the consumer electronics market”, Mr. Carvill reportedly indicated.
Even though at present the contract maker of chips only makes processors using silicon-on-insulator process technology, in 2010 the company will also start making chips using bulk 28nm and 32nm fabrication processes. As a result, Globalfoundries will be able to address ATI’s and Nvidia’s manufacturing needs. Jen-Hsun Huang, chief exec of Nvidia, has already confirmed that the company is very interested in making chips at Globalfoundries.
At present Globalfoundries roadmap looks as follows: