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Toshiba Chooses GlobalFoundries for Fabrication

Toshiba Chooses GlobalFoundries for Fabrication

GlobalFoundries is reportedly close to signing a fabrication deal with Toshiba.

Chip fabrication specialist GlobalFoundries is reported to be close to signing a deal with Toshiba to manufacture the company's range of semiconductors - a deal which would be a major win for the AMD spin-off.

According to sources speaking to The Nikkei Business Daily and quoted by Reuters, Toshiba is finalising a deal that will see GlobalFoundries take over production of most of the company's chip designs on node sizes between 40nm and 28nm.

A Toshiba spokesperson confirmed that the deal was going ahead, stating 'we had been considering outsourcing production to Samsung Electronics Co and GlobalFoundries since last year.'

Under the terms of the deal, it is believed that Toshiba will ship production of its image-processing chips - which are among the cheapest of the company's products to produce - to Samsung, while GlobalFoundries will take over the remainder of the company's production.

The deal hasn't been confirmed by GlobalFoundries yet, but it's potentially a major win for the AMD spin-off fabrication specialist. The news also comes soon after the chip fabricator's chief financial officer, Robert Krakauer, announced that the company was planning to spend $5.7 billion on upgrading its fabrication facilities.

Are you pleased to see GlobalFoundries potentially doing well, or just shocked that Toshiba isn't looking into self-fabrication for its many semiconductors? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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greigaitken 26th January 2011, 14:31 Quote
i'm sure global foundries is still 50% owned by amd, so good if they making money, but i'd have thought, amd cpu's would be the most valuable thing you could make with such capacity
Elledan 26th January 2011, 14:49 Quote
It'd be nice to have GF grow into a real competitor to TSMC.
schmidtbag 26th January 2011, 19:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by greigaitken
i'm sure global foundries is still 50% owned by amd, so good if they making money, but i'd have thought, amd cpu's would be the most valuable thing you could make with such capacity

but didn't amd recently just ditch globalfoundaries? i'm not sure who or what they turned to but i thought i remembered hearing that they're not using GF anymore.
nhojnomis 26th January 2011, 20:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by greigaitken
i'm sure global foundries is still 50% owned by amd, so good if they making money, but i'd have thought, amd cpu's would be the most valuable thing you could make with such capacity

but didn't amd recently just ditch globalfoundaries? i'm not sure who or what they turned to but i thought i remembered hearing that they're not using GF anymore.

I think the rumours were out last year that AMD were switching to TSMC, but for Fusion CPUs only. As I understood it they are still using GF for their other chips
schmidtbag 26th January 2011, 21:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by schmidtbag
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Originally Posted by greigaitken
i'm sure global foundries is still 50% owned by amd, so good if they making money, but i'd have thought, amd cpu's would be the most valuable thing you could make with such capacity

but didn't amd recently just ditch globalfoundaries? i'm not sure who or what they turned to but i thought i remembered hearing that they're not using GF anymore.

I think the rumours were out last year that AMD were switching to TSMC, but for Fusion CPUs only. As I understood it they are still using GF for their other chips

i feel like it'd be a smart move for amd to use tsmc for their GPUs (but in that case it'd be pretty funny how tsmc is manufacturing chips from the 2 largest competitors in the world) but i'm glad they are still using GF
warejon9 26th January 2011, 22:00 Quote
I don't think AMD own 50% of Gfo, as i think i read somewhere that ATIC had changed how much they gave to AMD to something like 35%, if you look i'm sure it is out there somewhere. Its to do with how much the fabs were "worth" and the stake in Gfo. I might be wrong though...
l3v1ck 27th January 2011, 02:00 Quote
Given teh issues TSCM have had with their 40nm chips (extra voltage/heat etc) I'm surprised Global Foundaries aren't doing even better. I'd have expected even more companies to use them.
Xir 31st January 2011, 11:25 Quote
You'll have to differenciate GloFo into formaer AMD CPU production (Dresden) and former Chartered (Singapore). There are huge differences in technologies between these. Before beeing bought up, chartered was not able to produce CPU's according to AMD's standard.
GloFo Singapore (Chartered) has a lot of capabilities in larger structures, which would probably suffice for the Toshiba demands.
So GloFo producing for Toshiba wouldn't necessarily block any capacity for AMD, as the devices could be produced in different fabs.
I don't think GloFo Dresden is capable of making GPU's (ATI).
Though I suppose they'll be the ones making the fusion parts (But I don't know)
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