Samsung Will Produce Chips for AMD Starting Next Year
Samsung Electronics will reportedly start producing new chips for Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) next year. The information comes from South Korea’s Electronic Times citing anonymous sources, which claimed Samsung’s foundry business and GlobalFoundries will join hands to manufacture a central processing chip as well as a graphics processing chip for AMD in 2016 using their 14-nanometre technology.
The rumor doesn’t emerge out of the blue: GlobalFoundries and AMD recently announced that they have developed first 14nm FinFET Low Power Plus (LPP) sample. Both companies are working closely on the process and plan to release Zen FX CPUs in late 2016 with APUs arriving sometime in 2017.
AMD Zen architecture will be built on a 14-nm process with a unified AM-4 socket and support for DDR-4 memory. In addition to this, it will utilize Simultaneous Multi-Threading (SMT) technology which will allow the CPU to process two threads at once – translating into 40 per cent increase in Instruction per Clock throughput.
As far as the collaboration with Samsung’s foundry business is concerned, AMD CFO Devinder Kumar has already mentioned, while speaking at the Raymond James Technology Investors Conference, about the company’s readiness to attract FinFET-making new contractors.
Further, Samsung has also been hard at expanding its external client base in recent quarters for its components businesses as it seeks to make up for the earnings decline for its smartphone division. The South Korean tech giant is already making chips for companies including Apple and Nvidia.
Neither Samsung or AMD did comment on the report. We’ll let you know as soon as we get more information on the subject.