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AMD Plans 32nm CPUs for Q4 2009

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Globalfoundries said that it plans to take on 32nm orders by third party customers in Q4 2009.

Globalfoundries, AMD's manufacturing spinoff, is taking the "downsizing" to the next level by obtaining bulk 32nm process technology this year, and plans to take third-party orders by Q4 2009/Q1 2010. If the company can get the ball rolling, the 32nm processing will make it extremely competitive against other large contract makers including United Microelectronics and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (currently working on manufacturing 32nm processing as well).

“Globalfoundries is entering the foundry market at the right time and with the right business model to change the landscape of the industry. More importantly, we’re entering the industry with the right mindset and resources. Our investments in leading edge technology and in supporting infrastructure will ensure the success of our customers,” said vice president of sales and marketing Jim Kupec. [PC Watch, via X-bit]

The company said that it wants to beef up overall output. For now, Globalfoundries has Fab 1 manufacturing capabilities--AMD's Fab 36 and Fab 38 leftovers--using 45nm processing, spitting out a total monthly output of 25 thousand 300mm wafers between the plants located in Germany and Dresden. However, the company plans to bring a new Fab 2 foundry online--located in Saratoga County, New York--that will generate up to 35 thousand wafers a month by 2012.

Last year, IBM successfully produced the first experimental SRAM chips using 32nm process technology. Globalfoundries and other IMB partners are expected to produce the 32nm chips by Q1 2010. Hopefully, Globalfoundries will get everything into place to produce 32nm chips before competitor Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing gets its 32nm chips out the door fist.

“Despite the current economic climate, this is an industry with tremendous opportunities for long-term growth and innovation,” said Waleed Al Mokarrab, Chairman, ATIC. “Through its global footprint, world-class technology know-how and access to state-of-the-art research and development, we believe Globalfoundries is well-positioned to challenge for market leadership in this competitive industry."

AMD said that it will continue to play a critical role in Globalfoundries’ future success as its shareholder and also as its first and largest customer.

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    B-Unit , March 25, 2009 5:12 PM
    'Germany and Dresden'

    Umm, Dresden is in Germany.
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    Xajel , March 25, 2009 4:37 PM
    It's Bulk silicon not SOI, AMD needs SOI 32nm to produce thier CPU's

    plus, in the fourth paragraph ( Globalfoundries and other IMB partners are expected to produce the 32nm chips by Q1 2010. ) can you just write IBM instead of IMB :D 
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    joejamesatou , March 25, 2009 4:46 PM
    Yawn. Taking order in Q4 2009/Q1 2010 means nothing that we can buy until Q2 2010. Very deceiving title. By that standard Intel will have 32nm CPUs for Q2 2009!
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    megamanx00 , March 25, 2009 4:50 PM
    Well, assuming Intel doesn't win in court anyway. I'm guessing that AMD will probably have to pony up some cash to hammer out a new deal with Intel.
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    B-Unit , March 25, 2009 5:12 PM
    'Germany and Dresden'

    Umm, Dresden is in Germany.
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    scarpa , March 25, 2009 5:18 PM
    Yes hopefully AMD will win that law suit with Intel or else the advancement in CPU industry will stop and we all will have to buy game consoles instead of PCs after that, I'll miss my PC.
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    lamorpa , March 25, 2009 5:47 PM
    Maybe they can use their plants in France and also Paris?
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    Mucke , March 25, 2009 9:10 PM
    Poor article:

    AMD Plans 32nm CPUs for Q4 2009

    Here is the interview. First of all we are talking about bulk, not SOI. So this is interesting for GPUs but not CPUs. Next, they say

    Our goal is to enter 32nm production by the end of 2009, with a combined capacity of 50,000 wafers per month.

    Their can be a huge difference between "entering production" and mass production. Giving that formulation the HD5xxx-cards should be TSMC again, but that will be interesting to watch.

    plants located in Germany and Dresden

    As some German guy I can guarantee you that Dresden is in Germany :D 
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    cruiseoveride , March 25, 2009 11:31 PM
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    thepinkpanther , March 26, 2009 12:03 AM
    i want 32nm duel cores!, i want to overclock the poo outta them
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    rambo117 , March 26, 2009 6:52 AM
    thepinkpantheri want 32nm duel cores!, i want to overclock the poo outta them

    damn... stock clock of 4GHZ @1.2V
    i'll take one
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    MosportMike , March 26, 2009 12:19 PM
    Why is everyone so pissed off that AMD has finally got their act togethor after getting rid of the poor leadership they used to have?? This is all great news for the entire enthusiast community as competition is good. When AMD is producing the best cpus (one day they will again) you all will be buying them. They are gaining market share as we speak.
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    lamorpa , March 26, 2009 12:24 PM
    thepinkpantheri want 32nm duel cores!, i want to overclock the poo outta them

    I think that you will get better performance if you use 2 (dual) cores, not have 2 cores dueling with each other. It wastes lots of cycles.
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    Anonymous , March 26, 2009 11:16 PM
    Goodness this article is terrible,. The combined capacity will primarily be 45nm. As other have mentioned the "taking orders" cannot be CPU's because who makes CPU's? (Intel, AMD) The foundry doesn't need to take orders from AMD (it's in the contract) and I'm pretty sure Intel will not be using the foundry for it's CPU.

    The 32nm production mentioned here is the bare Si process which will be a lower performance process and will not be making CPU's. When the foundry gets around to 32nm SOI (late 2010/12011) then that will mean 32nm CPU's.

    Also your quote on the NY fab is ALSO WRONG. At FULL CAPACITY/BUILDOUT it will be capable of ~30-35K wafers/month, BUT NOT IN 2012! (Hint - look at AMD's own analyst day foils)

    Is there anything in this article the author managed to get right?