Report: Samsung to produce 14-nm chips for AMD

For the past several years, AMD has been relying on two companies to manufacture its chips: GlobalFoundries, its former manufacturing arm that was spun off in 2008, and TSMC. According to a report by ZDNet, AMD may soon add a third partner to that list: Samsung.

ZDNet's story is actually about an Apple chip deal, but it names AMD as one of Samsung's manufacturing clients:

Samsung is expected to start producing application processors (APs) for clients such as Apple, Qualcomm, and AMD, using its 14-nanometre process around the end of the year.

Last we heard, GlobalFoundries was going to license Samsung's 14-nm FinFET fab process, and AMD was voicing its excitement about the prospect. This is the first time I've seen anything about AMD tapping Samsung as a foundry partner directly, though.

I've asked AMD to chime in on this. Stay tuned for a response. (Thanks to TR reader Carl for the link.)

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    • Ninjitsu
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<] Kim declined to comment on when Samsung will start mass producing said chips for clients. -Original Article [/quote<] So...2016 then?

    • jdaven
    • 7 years ago

    Lots of good chip manufacturing news coming out. I can’t wait to see what the chip manufacturers and designers cook up on these process nodes.

    • HisDivineOrder
    • 7 years ago

    This improves the chances that AMD will get a part out that isn’t saddled with a weaker than planned for fabrication. Great news.

    Doubt AMD will use this to improve their GPU’s, though. More likely, we’ll see new and exciting ARM-based APU’s using this technology. Not so great news, if so.

      • NeelyCam
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<]More likely, we'll see new and exciting ARM-based APU's using this technology[/quote<] With unique board designs

    • Arclight
    • 7 years ago

    ARM Opteron per chance?

    • tbone8ty
    • 7 years ago

    I haven’t seen this on wccftech’s website yet. Must not be true. Lol

      • Pwnstar
      • 7 years ago

      LOL

    • ronch
    • 7 years ago

    OK, wait a minute, Samsung’s 14nm will have a GP x M1P of … HUH??? It’s not in the SemiWiki table! So Samsung has both 16nm and 14nm in the works?

    But really, what will AMD use it for? Graphics chips? Or if I could hazard a wild guess…. Zen??

    Man oh man my FX built at [u<]32nm[/u<] is looking more and more like a dinosaur.

      • odizzido
      • 7 years ago

      My current processor is 45nm…

        • ronch
        • 7 years ago

        I bet there are still people using CPUs built on 130nm.

        Point is, we’re talking about AMD’s [u<]latest[/u<] enthusiast desktop processors.

    • sweatshopking
    • 7 years ago

    I guess apple doesn’t expect their soc lead to continue. If they did, they likely wouldn’t go to Samsung, who many industry players say steals engineering from the chips they produce. I have no idea if it is true or not, but given the speculation and bad past deals between Samsung and apple I’m surprised. Also, good for amd. They need more foundries to make those CPUs that nobody buys.

      • DPete27
      • 7 years ago

      Correct me if I’m wrong, but hasn’t Samsung fabbed Apple SoCs for a few generations already?

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        No, you’re right. I’m just surprised it’s continuing.

          • Decelerate
          • 7 years ago

          Business is business, and Samsung should have a Chinese Wall between their divisions. If they cheat and get caught, the clients would run away, and their galaxy sales can’t support their entire production capacity.

          IMO.

      • albundy
      • 7 years ago

      haha, so true. i think the new fab would be for the APU’s that nobody boys. they have NOTHING planned for CPU’s so my guess is that they will still use their old fabs for the aged fx processors.

      • ronch
      • 7 years ago

      Caps Lock broken?

        • NeelyCam
        • 7 years ago

        His wife took it and hit him with it. Repeatedly

          • ronch
          • 7 years ago

          And of all the keys that could’ve broke, it had to be SSK’s favorite key…

    • Firestarter
    • 7 years ago

    could be flash for their SSDs, or is that not on a 14nm process these days?

      • Meadows
      • 7 years ago

      More Radeon SSDs, you say? Hmm.

      • green
      • 7 years ago

      i would hazard this to be the most likely outcome
      the recent amd R7 is currently on toshiba 19nm:

      [url<]https://techreport.com/review/26936/a-quick-look-at-amd-radeon-r7-ssd[/url<] i can't see a reason why amd would not shop around for the next iteration of densities bulk silicon for giant nand arrays has always been significantly easier to fabricate than complex processor logic

    • chuckula
    • 7 years ago

    Which is it:
    1. Samsung actually makes 14nm parts for AMD…
    2. Or: GloFo eventually gets something out the door using Samsung’s technology and AMD is still saddled with GloFo.

    Don’t forget that AMD has doubled-down on GloFo in the not-so-recent past: [url<]http://seekingalpha.com/news/1655673-amd-strikes-1_2b-wafer-supply-deal-with-globalfoundries[/url<]

      • UnfriendlyFire
      • 7 years ago

      Reminds me of a company signing a multi-million dollar contract with a consultant firm after the same consultant firm delivered overpriced, delayed, and poor quality solutions four times in a row.

      Coincidentally, the company’s management really seems to enjoy parties/events hosted by the consultant firm…

        • MadManOriginal
        • 7 years ago

        Hookers and blow go along way toward sealing business deals.

        • sschaem
        • 7 years ago

        My rant of the week:

        AMD sold their soul to the ‘devil’ when they had to cover up years of miss management.
        The deal was actually outrageous. Abu Dabi pretty much got by paid by AMD shareholder to take ownership of GF.

        AMD got $700m payment from the sale (AMD invested well over 4.5 billion on that plant) , but got suckered into insane deals to keep GF afloat in contracts that AMD could not ultimately full fill (to the point that it should have been criminal), not once but multiple times, and so AMD paid over $700 in fines and penalties over the years.

        AMD also had to issue about 100 million of new shares for this transfer of property, diluting AMD big time, and had to offered them for a paltry $2.1 to Mubadala as part of the deal.
        Pretty much giving away 15% of AMD along side the foundry.

        It would have been better for AMD to burn Dresden to the ground and move on
        when the foundry started to fall apart in 2005.

        AMD, from the GF penalty, almost went bankrupt again and again in the past 5 years, Mubadala came to the rescue , further diluted AMD and now owns 25%? of AMD (maybe more ?), and in effect used AMD to fuel Global Foundry success.
        Pay GF using AMD debt, in short owning AMD for a song, leveraging contract penalties.

        Since the AMD contract could not be fulfilled, and AMD didn’t take delivery, put still had to pay every $ for $ of order. GF turned around and simply sold for a second time all the now open capacity to ‘competitors’

        Mubadala also simply used AMD money to loan it back to AMD so they could pay their next ‘one time charge’, taking a bite of AMD control each time, using AMD own money.

        AMD management is not the source of a survival story, but a tragedy.

        From board members to CEO to VPs, they have been a total disgrace in the past decade, at all levels.

        “real man have fabs”… Well, seem like AMD wasn’t actually ready to play with the big boys,
        and got royally played (pun intended).. and this story is not over.

          • chuckula
          • 7 years ago

          TL;DR version: With “friends” like GloFo AMD doesn’t need enemies.

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