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AMD have no plans to add new foundry partner

AMD have no plans to add new foundry partner

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Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager of AMD’s Graphics Products Group has said that they have no plans to add another foundry source to their current partnerships with Globalfoundries and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).

Many people have been questioning if AMD would call on the resources of other partners to help with the troublesome third quarter shortages of 5000 series GPUs. These issues with 40nm yields have caused a lot of problems for AMD this year and they have lost a lot of potential income due to not being able to meet consumer demand for their new DX11 parts.

When DriverHeaven spoke with John Byrne a while ago he said “Yes, we are impacted by TSMC’s continued problems with production at the 40 nm process, however we feel we are tracking reasonably well to where we expected to be at this point, thanks in large part to our early start with 40 nm process technology with the ATI Radeon HD 4770.  Yields for the ATI Radeon HD 5800 series, our most complex ASIC to date, are only slightly off from the aggressive targets we set.  At the same time, we are actually tracking above target for the production of the ATI Radeon HD 5700 series. In the very near future, as we overcome supply constraints, we will be increasing shipments of 5800 series graphics processors by roughly an order of magnitude, moving from thousands of units shipped per week to tens of thousands.  This should alleviate some of the pent-up demand.

We deliberately timed the introduction of the dual-GPU ATI Radeon HD 5970 to coincide with the increase in supply of ATI Radeon HD 5800 series processors in order to ensure sufficient supply for both ATI Radeon 5800 and 5900 series products.”

Unfortunately there is still no sign of increased 5800 or 5900 stock levels in Europe or the USA.

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Stuart Davidson

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