AMD to outsource Fusion production?
Although AMD has boasted about its aspirations for modular processor design, the company is staying relatively tight-lipped about specific plans for its Fusion project, intended to merge a microprocessor with a graphics processor. However, the folks at DigiTimes have now learned from a Chinese-language paper that AMD has two separate design teams working simultaneously on Fusion-related products.
One of the teams is developing a chip based on AMD's silicon-on-insulator process technology. That chip will eventually roll out of AMD's own fabs in Germany and, potentially, fabs belonging to Chartered Semiconductor in Singapore. The other team is reportedly working on a bulk-design Fusion product intended for the Taiwanese foundry TSMC. TSMC already produces many of AMD's Radeon graphics processors, and DigiTimes says the foundry may eventually get orders for entry-level Fusion-spawned processors, as well. Fusion products are currently set for launch some time in 2009, a schedule that suggests the chips will be built on 45nm process technology.