AMD and NVIDIA are sticking with TSMC

Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2012 - 01:32 PM |
Tagged: TSMC, Samsung, amd, nvidia, 28nm, rumour

All of the speculation about the problems TSMC has had with their 28nm process and the possible issues they might have producing enough wafers to meet their clients demands.  Today we hear from DigiTimes that Qualcomm is going to switch to Samsung, possibly because TSMC was focusing on AMD and NVIDIA, but this is pure speculation at the moment.  What seems more reliable is that GPU vendors are stating that both AMD and NVIDIA are sticking with TSMC which makes a lot of sense, even if TSMC has problems delivering it is a better alternative than AMD or NVIDIA redesigning their graphics processors to be compatible with Samsung's process.  The story also mentions that in 2013 Brazos 2.0 and Hondo will be moved to a 28nm design, again likely sourced at TSMC.

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"While Qualcomm has reportedly switched foundry orders for its 28nm-based Snapdragon S4 processors from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to Samsung Electronics because TSMC's 28nm capacity has failed to meet its needs, Nvidia and AMD may not follow suit, according to graphics card makers.

TSMC has the upper hand over Samsung in 28nm technology, yield rate and price and therefore changing foundry partnership involves high risks, the sources said. In addition, Nvidia is expected to consider Samsung's ARM-based processors in competition with its Tegra 3 processors, the sources indicated."

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Source: DigiTimes
July 9, 2012 | 01:39 PM - Posted by dagamer34 (not verified)

I'm confused. Did Qualcomm switch to Samsung production or add them? Relying on one partner doesn't solve supply issue problems.

July 10, 2012 | 12:11 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

Still waiting on final confirmation of these reports.  It may be that the next gen of Qualcomm comes solely out of Samsung

July 10, 2012 | 02:17 PM - Posted by Anonymous Coward (not verified)

I wish they would switch from TSMC. Every time I read about that foundry, it's always something negative. If they can't keep up, the market will eventually put them out of business. I can only imagine the shady backroom deals that have kept them in business for so long.

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