AMD readies third fab?
AMD is planning
to announce a project that will be "of great importance" to the
company in Dresden, Germany next Monday. The Financial Times Deutschland
says AMD will announce a $1.3 billion modernization and reorganization
plan for its existing fabs—Fab 30 and Fab 36—which are both
located in Dresden. However, rumor has it AMD is preparing to build a
whole new fab instead. This rumor is backed by "several German
publications," EE Times says, which all claim that the chipmaker will set up
a third fab in Dresden alongside its existing two. EE Times also believes
that Singapore could be a possible choice for a potential new fab, quoting AMD
CEO Hector Ruiz as having said he "could foresee" a third AMD fab in
Singapore. This location could be a logical choice, considering it is
the home of AMD production partner Chartered Semiconductor.