Quanta sues AMD over dodgy chips
Suit without merit AMD suggests
Taiwanese manufacturer Quanta has sued AMD, claiming that dodgy processors it used in NEC notebooks couldn’t handle the heat.
According to Bloomberg, Quanta has filed suit against AMD claiming that processor it supplied were more liable to break under industry-standard thermal processes and caused NEC systems built by the company to fail. The chips causes a series of malfunctions on rebadged systems, the company claims.
“Quanta has suffered significant injury to prospective revenue and profits,” the company said in the complaint.
Quanta is one of the unsung Taiwanese box shifters that build systems that are rebadged and sold on by mainstream computer vendors. AMD has rejected Quanta’s suggestions and has said it intends to contest the case.
“AMD disputes the allegations in Quanta’s complaint and believes they are without merit,” the company told The Register an emailed statement. “AMD is aware of no other customer reports of the alleged issues with the AMD chip that Quanta used, which AMD no longer sells. In fact, Quanta has itself acknowledged to AMD that it used the identical chip in large volumes in a different computer platform that it manufactured for NEC without such issues.” ®
Its more to do with lead free solder than BGA's.
Lead free/eutectic solder is god awful for soldering especially where high thermal stress patterns will repeat (Heating cooling cycles) the flexing and ultimately breakage of the solder.
Use leaded solder and all these problems go away.
MS are well clued up onthis particular downside to lead free solder.
Better Headline Than
Quanta Coughs to Crappy Chassis Cooling
looks like it'll be the lawyers winning again. Though if the story is true, it looks like blame passing for internal design issues if they've not had trouble their other lines with the same CPU.
I'll wait with bated boredom
It also helps when the manufacturers (Sony in my case) actually put decent (or any) thermal paste between the cooler
Suing for profit
Sounds to me like a bad business model company is looking to profit by suing a CPU supplier.