Some AMD Hardware Also Built by Samsung; Could Tap Foundry In The Future
AMD does not like to reveal where their hardware is being made as this is valuable information for both investors and tech enthusiasts. AMD has also refrained from disclosing whether products are being made at GlobalFoundries or TSMC. Where AMD hardware is being built is vital information so there is no surprise that now and then some information is leaked over the internet.
Recently AMD has revealed that some AMD hardware has been built by Samsung and that it could tap into the foundry for future products. After Moorhead questioned where AMD hardware was being built he got the following response:
AMD has strong foundry partnerships and our primary manufacturing partners are GLOBALFOUNDRIES and TSMC. We have run some product at Samsung and we have the option of enabling production with Samsung if needed as part of the strategic collaboration agreement they have with GLOBALFOUNDRIES to deliver 14nm FinFET process technology capacity.
Having AMD hardware built at Samsung could be important for the company in the long run and it might run with AMD’s future plans as well. If such a day comes that other foundries come across yield problems, AMD will not be affected with Samsung on board. Right now the company has not made major changes as to where AMD hardware is being made. And moving hardware from foundry to foundry can be a big issue.
But this will not be an issue if AMD hardware is to be made at the Korean foundry because of the licensing. AMD hardware can easily be produced by Samsung if ever the need arises and AMD most probably has plans for the future which involves this foundry as well.
AMD hardware production breakdown is as follows:
- 28nm GPUs at TSMC
- Polaris 10 and 11 at GlobalFoundries
- AMD’s 28nm APUs and 32nm Piledriver at GloFo
- 28nm Jaguar and Puma-derived APUs initially TSMC, socketed version at GloFo.