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Wednesday, 23 November 2011 10:58

AMD reportedly ditches Globalfoundries for 28nm APUs

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It’s all down to TSMC now

AMD has pulled that plug on Deccan, the low voltage APU that was scheduled to succeed the highly successful Brazos platform next year.

According to several sources, AMD was unable to reach a satisfactory agreement with Globalfoundries. The foundry was apparently unable to provide volume 28nm production by mid-2012, which would give Deccan a relatively short lifespan. Going back to TSMC, the makers of AMD’s 40nm APUs, would entail redesigning the chips, which was and a practical option this late in development.

The mess left AMD in a rather awkward situation and not it seems the outfit will have to come up with entirely new 28nm designs for TSMC. Some punters believe AMD simply won’t have time to design entirely new chips and it will have to resort to die shrinking Brazos generation chips. This would basically mean sticking with a derivative of the 8-year-old K8 architecture, which originally started out as a 130nm design. Next generation APUs, including Trinity and probably Deccan successor will use Bulldozer derived cores.

In case AMD chooses to redesign existing chips, it still might be able to introduce 28nm APUs in 2012. However, it would take it about 18 months to design a true replacement for cancelled Krishna and Wichita chips. This would give Intel ample time to catch up and seize much of the market with its 32nm Atoms.

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+2 #1 Jay 2011-11-23 11:21
About time!

Finally I see this new CEO making somewhat of a progress.

They need to ditch Global Foundires all together...sell their stake.

Hell even if TSMC can mass produce 32nm chips for them it's a win-win.
 
 
+3 #2 Sodomy 2011-11-23 11:43
Quoting Jay:
About time!

Finally I see this new CEO making somewhat of a progress.

They need to ditch Global Foundires all together...sell their stake.

Hell even if TSMC can mass produce 32nm chips for them it's a win-win.


they can keep their stake in it, with all the arab money getting thrown at it pretty soon it will become a cash cow.

this is assuming that there isn't another investment option that would better suit AMD's needs.
 
 
+1 #3 nt300 2011-11-23 13:45
GlobFo once again messed things up for AMD. First it was the mess up with Bulldozer and now this. I am not blaming GlobFo for Bulldozer and its lack lustre performance. Though I would say the screw up is 40% GlobFo and 60% AMD.

I think AMD should consider buying stakes in TSMC, but also keep stakes in GlobFo for now until it matures.

Bulldozer is heavily relied on in the near term and is the future basis for upcoming CPU's and APU's.
Correct me if I am wrong, but this new CEO will not only fix the issues associated with Bulldozer, but he will quickly and aggressively become competitive once again.
 
 
+1 #4 Jermelescu 2011-11-23 14:14
Rory Read is packin' heat!
 
 
+1 #5 Cartman 2011-11-23 16:23
@nt 300 i doubt that AMD can buy stakes in TSMC , but other way around would be possible.
 
 
0 #6 Sodomy 2011-11-24 06:39
Quoting Cartman:
@nt 300 i doubt that AMD can buy stakes in TSMC , but other way around would be possible.


no, they could do so. the only issue would be how much? same as TSMC could buy into AMD, they don't have the cash reserves to buy out AMD but they could buy a chunck.
 

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