Semiconductor producer GlobalFoundries has confirmed its 7nm course of will likely be transport merchandise by the tip of 2018 – the primary of which is about to be an AMD processor. While TSMC is presently nonetheless roped in to supply AMD’s first 7nm Vega GPU, similarities in 7nm course of manufacturing may result in two foundries producing similar product for crew purple down the road.
Lisa Su confirmed earlier within the yr AMD could be splitting 7nm product traces throughout a number of foundries – at nice expense attributable to AMD’s take care of GloFo made when the 2 firms cut up. Initially, we assumed this to imply CPU manufacturing would find yourself within the palms of GlobalFoundries and GPU manufacturing diverted off to TSMC.
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AMD’s first 7nm product is about to be the machine-learning Vega card constructed utilizing TSMC’s 7nm tech, and GlobalFoundries has now confirmed that it is going to be producing a 7nm AMD processor – all in response to plan then. This is prone to be AMD’s first samples of Zen 2, as the corporate confirmed that it might be sampling these chips earlier than the yr’s out.
However, the 7nm course of cut up is probably not fairly so clear lower between AMD’s CPU and GPU manufacturing as first anticipated. Gary Patton, CTO of GloFo, confirmed in a latest interview that GlobalFoundries 7nm course of has been technologically aligned near TSMC’s to permit for this cross-manufacturing to work unfettered.
“[AMD] will have more demand than we have capacity, so I have no issues with that”, Patton says within the interview with EETimes relating to the manufacturing cut up.
This basically means each fabs will be extra reactive to demand from AMD and their 7nm product stack, slightly than the corporate getting slowed down when GlobalFoundries, for instance, attain capability on their 7nm node. This may have a knock-on impact for fanatics, particularly if these two 7nm processes don’t completely align in efficiency when used throughout the similar product die.
For instance, a Ryzen 5 3600 CPU manufactured by GloFo could overclock upwards of 5GHz (I’ll admit, this can be a little exaggerated), whereas an similar Ryzen 5 3600 manufactured by TSMC could solely overclock as much as 4.8GHz. If that’s the case, we’re all again to scouring serial numbers for one of the best chips with the very best potential overclocking chops primarily based on the place and after they had been made.
It’s nonetheless potential that, whereas TSMC and GloFo each have the amenities to supply the whole scope of AMD’s product stack, AMD will stick with its phrase and the 2 fabs will manufacture “different product lines” as AMD CEO, Lisa Su, said back in January. But in the long run, this doesn’t necesarily preclude similar product dies from being manufactured by each foundries, and the distinction in course of could result in palpable variations with regards to efficiency and overclocking prowess.
Regardless of that, larger capability and never being tied right down to a single fab with a troublesome new tech, equivalent to 7nm and EUV production, continues to be factor for AMD. The firm may be very assured that 7nm product manufacturing, which just about its total product stack will likely be depending on from 2019, will likely be steady sufficient to ship when demand surges.