Chartered prepares 65nm production for AMD


As AMD seems ready to announce its first 65nm chips next week, Chartered Semiconductor is expected to kick in production of 300mm silicon wafers with 65nm process technology at Fab 7 this June. Fab 7 has already been used for the production of Xbox 360 processors under a foundry contract with IBM, and will now serve as an additional source for AMD processors. This follows a 2004 agreement between AMD and Chartered, whereby Chartered licensed AMD's manufacturing software. Chartered's Fab 7 should have a ramp rate of 18,000 wafer starts per month (WSPM) by the end of the year, compared to an estimated 26,000 WSPM for AMD's new Fab 36 by the same time frame. Thanks to The Inquirer for the heads-up.
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