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AMD considers using Samsung Foundry

AMD considers using Samsung Foundry

The latest rumors from the chip industry point to growing concerns about AMD’s production capacity. While until now the lack of serious competition in the CPU field has allowed AMD not to worry too much and to adjust its prices upwards. On the other hand, in the GPU field, AMD’s cards have been absent to subscribers. AMD would therefore seek to expand its capabilities, and that’s where Samsung comes in. The main reason for AMD’s problems lies in the allocation of volumes to the consoles. AMD dedicates almost all of its wafer production to Sony and Microsoft (80%) and TSMC is unable to offer more volume. At the same time, we know that Apple and now also Intel are going to ask TSMC more and more. Intel will thus have access to 7 nm and 6 nm lines, while leaks reveal that there are also agreements signed, or about to be signed, to access its 5 nm or 3 nm lines during 2022.


As a result, AMD finds itself dependent on TSMC and cannot take full advantage of the success of its products. Reds would therefore have in mind to turn to a second partner to give themselves some air. The idea would be to move some of the products to Samsung. APU’s are mentioned but also some CPU lines. AMD could even be one of Samsung’s first customers for the 3nm even if at this moment nothing is definitively confirmed. However, it seems that capacity restrictions will revive Intel in the coming weeks. This situation is also penalizing AMD on GPUs with the impossibility to come in volume, especially on laptops.

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