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Wednesday, 15 September 2010 19:32

Fusion Swift 45nm didn’t work

Written by Fuad Abazovic


Catastrophic yields
And now we have an update on what happened to Swift, AMD’s 45nm Fusion that was cancelled some time ago.

This product was originally announced at AMD’s Analyst Day back in December 2007 and it was supposed to bring a single and dual core CPU cores and a GPU together. In 2009 Swift mysteriously disappeared from AMD’s  roadmaps and the company decided to kill the project and start another one, something that would eventually result in Llano and Zacate / Ontario processors.

When Swift got back from the fabs, it simply didn’t work. It was a 45nm part and at this technology it just could not work. AMD did have a handful of working samples, but it was never close to any reasonable yields with this part.

Our industry friends are telling us that CPU cores didn’t work on some Swift samples, while in others the GPUs were non-functional. Most of the time it was either one or the other, CPU or GPU, so it samples with both functional cores were few and far between.

After this AMD had no choice than to cancel the project altogether and simply move to Llano, a 32nm version of AMD’s mobile Stars core coupled with a 32nm version of its graphics core for the high end Fusion part and 40nm TSMC made Bobcat powered Zacate and Ontario parts. With some luck, Ontario should ship early next year.
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+95 #1 AndreiD 2010-09-15 20:29
It's better to cancel a faulty architecture than go ahead with it... *Ahem nVidia*
 
 
+3 #2 redisnidma 2010-09-15 21:26
Quoting AndreiD:
It's better to cancel a faulty architecture than go ahead with it... *Ahem nVidia*


It's a pity AMD didn't apply this rule to Barcelona/Phenom. Otherwise they wouldn't have being in the mess the are right now.
 
 
+14 #3 nforce4max 2010-09-16 03:07
Quoting redisnidma:
Quoting AndreiD:
It's better to cancel a faulty architecture than go ahead with it... *Ahem nVidia*


It's a pity AMD didn't apply this rule to Barcelona/Phenom. Otherwise they wouldn't have being in the mess the are right now.


Barcelona wasn't a total failure but had it been any worse AMD might be in even worse than it was before the Phenom 2. They need to improve on bringing competitive products to market sooner or they can only settle for second best and I don't want Intel to continue setting industry standards and pricing indefinitely. This is why all the other x86 compliant non Intel cpus don't perform as well as they should. Intel stiff competitors on by leaving out code but only providing basic compatibility.
 
 
+28 #4 Bl0bb3r 2010-09-16 07:07
More dirt, FUDtzy?

This news would've been good in 2009 when Swift did its magic act. But now?

Oh brother, you must be really desperate to put AMD down. Too bad most of your readers laugh in your face.
 
 
+16 #5 nele 2010-09-16 15:19
Quoting Bl0bb3r:
More dirt, FUDtzy?

This news would've been good in 2009 when Swift did its magic act. But now?

Oh brother, you must be really desperate to put AMD down. Too bad most of your readers laugh in your face.


Uhm, what's 'dirt' it this particular article?

The fact that AMD made the right call and moved on to more promising designs?

Or that those new parts seem to be very good indeed?
 

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