The main supplier of chips AMD refused to support new technologies

GlobalFoundries, a us company involved in manufacturing semiconductor integrated circuits and is the main producer of the current rulers of Ryzen processors and graphics chips, Radeon AMD announced that it would stop all work associated with the development of a new generation of chips on the basis of a 7-nm process. Moreover, the company said it has no plans to develop a 5 – and 3-nm technology production process. On it informs portal Engadget.

His decision created in 2009 based on production units of AMD, GlobalFoundries explains the too high cost of development and implementation of new production technologies. The company does not have the ability to spend billions of dollars to build new production lines to produce new chips that will allow it to keep pace with its main competitors — Samsung and TSMC. Instead, GlobalFoundries will focus on the current generation of workflows (12/14-nm) intends to expand the range of products based on these technologies.

What does this mean for AMD? On the one hand, AMD has previously confirmed that production of its future CPUs, built on the 7-nm technology, including the architecture of the Zen 2 and the GPU, Navi, will deal with TSMC. It is possible that the company decides not to use the 10-nm technology, and immediately switched to 7-nm process technology. At that time the announcement about the future of the cooperation with TSMC, this was all very unexpected. But now, when it became known the plans of GlobalFoundries, this decision is quite logical.

On the other hand, if TSMC quickly to go, not the same production Ryzen processors and Radeon graphics, which was due to GlobalFoundries? Whether it will lead to the lack of facilities and as a consequence deficit of AMD products? TSMC currently manufactures semiconductor products for companies such as NVIDIA, Qualcomm, ARM Holdings, Altera, Xilinx, Apple, Broadcom, Conexant, Marvell, Intel, and the Russian Baikal Electronics. The additional load will bring the company more money, but will not become a problem for consumers?

It turns out that the second option is also not excluded. In an interview with MarketWatch, the representatives of AMD company said that the departure from GlobalFoundries is highly likely to affect the production possibilities of the company. However, AMD is ready to take that risk, because working with just one manufacturer will limit its capabilities in integrating new technologies into their products, which in particular is examined in 7-nm process technology. Also AMD representatives confirmed that GlobalFoundries will continue to produce chips for the current generation of processors and graphics chips from AMD.

Last year, GlobalFoundries has promised to release the first built on the basis of a 7-nm process in 2018. in 2019, the company was preparing a technology of photolithography in the extreme ultraviolet (extreme ultraviolet lithography, EUV) for the production of new crystals. However, the move to 7-nm process with 14/12-nm is a very big leap. According to the financial forecasts, the launch of just one new production line of such a process can cost the company more than $ 10 billion. The investors of the company does not currently expect to spend such funds.

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