Report: TSMC will manufacture 28-nm Zacate successor

Despite GlobalFoundries expanding into bulk silicon manufacturing, TSMC may not stop getting love from AMD anytime soon. According to a story by CENS Taiwan Economic News, TSMC will manufacture not just AMD’s upcoming Ontario and Zacate accelerated processing units, but also their 28-nm successors, Krishna and Wichita.

The site doesn’t name any sources, and I don’t believe AMD has said anything officially on the subject. In any case, selecting TSMC for 28-nm parts that aren’t due until 2012 would be an interesting choice—GlobalFoundries has been working on a 28-nm bulk manufacturing for some time, and it recently announced a “High Performance Plus” version of that process, which should enter risk production in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Of course, AMD is no longer pouring money into GlobalFoundries, and it said during last week’s Financial Analyst Day presentation that its stake in the foundry firm has actually decreased a few percent since the spin-off. When I spoke about the relationship between the two companies to the folks at AMD Austin earlier this month, I was told that AMD’s chief concern is cost—essentially, whoever can make chips the cheapest will win its favor, without GlobalFoundries receiving special treatment. (Thanks to TechEye for the link.)

Update 11/17: Statements made by AMD executives during the Financial Analyst Day question-and-answer session appear to contradict this report.

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    • YeuEmMaiMai
    • 9 years ago

    it’s funny how people reply to something not understanding what the other person said…….TSMC has had issues lately and with ATi leveraging a partnership with GF, they just might be able to get TSMC to get their act together and besides having competition is good for us in the end as it could result in lower costs as they compete for business……

    btw I never said GF had their stuff together either……

    • tejas84
    • 9 years ago

    GF are useless.

    Poor AMD will still need TSMC for a long long time.

      • stmok
      • 9 years ago

      GPUs and Bobcat-based APUs will be made from TSMC.

      Llano (Trinity in 2012) and Zambezi (Komodo in 2012) will be made from GF.

      Bulldozer is OK. (Prototypes working well; with engineering samples released in December).

      Llano had issues and has been pushed back to mid-2011.

    • oMa
    • 9 years ago

    Finally something more than the speed bumps we have gotten from amd the last two years. Its not enough to release at least 3 new dies with 2 new dramaticly different architecture, they are planning to make a entirely new mainstream APU with bulldozer in 2012.
    🙂

    • Hattig
    • 9 years ago

    I guess that Hari Hari Krishna is a straight shrink of Ontario/Zacate, and thus it makes sense to keep on using the same foundry.

      • NeelyCam
      • 9 years ago

      I don’t think you can make “straight shrinks” of anything at those deep-submicron nodes…

        • OneArmedScissor
        • 9 years ago

        And even if you could, that certainly wouldn’t be the point of shrinking a modular design that’s *this* close to becoming an x86 system on a chip.

        They’ve already said they’re doing a quad-core Bobcat next, and considering that the second generation Bulldozer will have the southbridge integrated, this likely will, too. It could also potentially have a “Southern Islands” based GPU.

        In other words, it probably won’t even look like the same chip.

    • YeuEmMaiMai
    • 9 years ago

    wonder how this is going to work out lol they need to leverage the fact that they DO have another partner to make TSMC get their act together…..

      • NeelyCam
      • 9 years ago

      It’s funny how people still seem to think that TSMC doesn’t have its act together, while GF does…

      From the news so far, it seems exactly the opposite.

    • blastdoor
    • 9 years ago

    Seems reasonable, since GF is almost always late with fab transitions and takes forever to ramp up.

      • khands
      • 9 years ago

      It will be interesting to see if GF can catch up to TSMC by 22nm or not.

      • sweatshopking
      • 9 years ago

      I’m late to LEVEL UP MY POKEMON!!!

      • DancinJack
      • 9 years ago

      I’m not sure if we can conclude that yet. Things aren’t really in full swing there yet. Give it another year or two and the situation should look better.

        • esterhasz
        • 9 years ago

        Yeah, all that oil money should help getting GF up to speed!

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