Feeds

AMD to reveal 300mm fab partner any day now

That's what it promised earlier this year

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Where is AMD going to build its first factory to produce 300mm wafers? The plant, timetabled by the chip maker to go on stream as a pilot sometime in 2003 before beginning volume production in 2005, has yet to be located.

What is known is that AMD is seeking to operate the facility as a joint venture with a second, as yet unnamed party. The plant's location will ultimately be decided by AMD and its partner. So while the head of the company's Fab 30 in Dresden, Hans-Raimond Deppe, can say that his factory "is a natural choice", that's by no means certain.

Back in August, Dirk Meyer, the head of AMD's computer products division, said the company would name its 300mm fab partner by the end of the year. With less than a month left to 2001, we expect AMD's news any day now.

AMD's Fab 30 is currently churning out Athlons and Durons using a 0.18 micron process. AMD has already committed itself to shrinking its dice to 0.13 micron, beginning early next year, with full-scale production kicking in around mid-2002. Fab 30 will also produce all of AMD's 64-bit Hammer CPUs, due to sample this time next year.

At this stage, AMD is keener on getting its 0.13 micron process right than trying to migrate to 300mm wafers at the same time - as its arch-rival, Intel, is trying to do. AMD has enough on its plate implementing silicon-on-insulator too. SOI will be introduced mid-2002 in time for the introduction of Hammer, though work on the technology has already begun.

Intel has to move to 300mm quickly, of course, because its P4 and Itanium die sizes are so large, though, like AMD, they will be much-reduced by the shift to 0.13 micron.

Still, Intel arguably sets the pace of development in the processor industry, and many observers - and investors - will be keen to hear just how AMD's 300mm plans are progressing. At their heart lies the choice of partner, so we hope AMD isn't too late in revealing who it intends to work with. ®

Related Stories

AMD to announce 300mm wafer fab partner by year's end
AMD plans plant in Brazil

Related Link

EBN: AMD prepares for SOI processing in Dresden fab

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Amazon says Hachette should lower ebook prices, pay authors more
Oh yeah ... and a 30% cut for Amazon to seal the deal
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
Nintend-OH NO! Sorry, Mario – your profits are in another castle
Red-hatted mascot, red-colored logo, red-stained finance books
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg
The Social Network deflates the PC resurgence with mobile-only usage prediction
Chips are down at Broadcom: Thousands of workers laid off
Cellphone baseband device biz shuttered
Feel free to BONK on the TUBE, says Transport for London
Plus: Almost NOBODY uses pay-by-bonk on buses - Visa
Twitch rich as Google flicks $1bn hitch switch, claims snitch
Gameplay streaming biz and search king refuse to deny fresh gobble rumors
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.