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Samsung, Globalfoundries project could lead to A9 chips for Apple

07/01, 10:12am

Small-scale production to take place at New York factory

Samsung and Globalfoundries are planning small-scale production of 14nm chips at a New York plant in early 2015, says Digitimes. The firms have reportedly landed deals with two major clients, Apple and Qualcomm. In particular, it's believed that Samsung is aiming to build A9 processors for Apple, but two other companies -- Intel and TSMC -- are also said to be competing for orders.

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Rumors claim in-house iPhone baseband, Q3 iWatch launch

04/08, 10:01am

Apple allegedly aiming at 65 million iWatches by end of year

The Apple iWatch will ship in the third quarter of the year and be manufactured by Quanta Computer, claims Taiwan's Economic Daily News, as quoted by Digitimes. Two other companies, Richtek and TPK, will reportedly be supplying chips and sapphire touch panels. The watch's processor is expected to be developed by Apple, but manufactured by Samsung, which currently handles all iOS processor production. Apple is said to be aiming at having 65 million iWatches assembled by the end of 2014.

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Sources: GlobalFoundries meant as 'flex capacity' for A-series chips

11/12, 10:00am

Samsung not being substituted

The involvement of GlobalFoundries in production of Apple's A-series chips likely has the company serving as "flex capacity" for Samsung, new sources affirm. Under that arrangement, Samsung is expected to pay for use of GlobalFoundries' Malta plant to boost A-series production when the Samsung facility in Austin, Texas is under strain. Although the Austin factory is dedicated mostly to Apple chips, it also helps produce chips for Samsung's own devices; there are, therefore, times when a second plant might be needed to satisfy dual demands.

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GlobalFoundries to build Apple chips at Malta, NY plant, source says

11/11, 3:35pm

Samsung will allegedly help start production

GlobalFoundries is preparing to manufacture Apple A-series processors at its "Fab 8" plant in Malta, New York, a source tells local publication the Times Union. At present, every A-series chip is produced by Samsung at a factory in Austin, Texas. The source indicates that Samsung will help GlobalFoundries get started with the new project, but it's unknown if GlobalFoundries is being contracted by Samsung or directly by Apple.

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GlobalFoundries buys out remaining AMD stake

03/05, 3:05pm

GlobalFoundries now truly independent

GlobalFoundries picked Monday to say it had bought out AMD's remaining stake in its manufacturing. The mutually agreed deal now puts the chip production firm entirely in the control of Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC), the company that had originally orchestrated the split. GlobalFoundries could now act independently and wouldn't be bound to making AMD processor, although there were no immediate intentions to stop.

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AMD won't rule out ARM in the future, wants modular design

02/04, 6:40pm

AMD hints openness to ARM

AMD in conversations at the end of the week wouldn't discount the possibility of making ARM-based processors. When pressed by Wired, CTO and former Apple executive Mark Papermaster made the unusual non-denial that "the answer is not no." The company's long-term plans were aiming for a modular chip design that could drop in ARM or another architecture without losing Radeon graphics or other AMD-specific touches.

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AMD slashes revenue forecast amid fabrication problems

09/28, 8:45pm

Company's 32nm yields still low

AMD has revised its third-quarter forecasts, warning investors that revenues and gross margins are expected to fall below original forecasts. The company initially estimated revenue growth of 10 percent, however the numbers are now expected to fall between four and six percent growth due to manufacturing problems.

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AMD pushes GlobalFoundries to improve production quality

04/04, 7:55pm

AMD will only pay for working chips, not defects

AMD has reportedly tweaked the supply agreements with its spin-off fabrication company, GlobalFoundries. The new terms are said to be focused on improving production quality, after the manufacturer encountered difficulties with its 32-nanometer chips. AMD now will pay only for working chips, rather than covering for defective components removed from production runs.

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Toshiba to outsource chip fabrication to GlobalFoundries

01/24, 8:45pm

Negotiations said to be in final stages

Toshiba is reportedly finalizing an outsourcing agreement that will move a portion of the company's chip fabrication to AMD spinoff GlobalFoundries. In an interview with the Japanese paper Nikkei, GlobalFoundries CEO Doug Grose noted that both of the companies are currently in the late stages of negotiating terms for the collaboration.

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AMD delaying Llano CPU production until summer 2011?

11/08, 10:55pm

32nm process producing lower-than-expected yields

AMD is reportedly delaying the production of its Fusion Llano processors, which were originally expected to arrive sometime in the first half of 2011. The delays have been blamed on manufacturing issues, as GlobalFoundries has experienced lower-than-expected yields for its 32nm process required to build the chips, sources have told DigiTimes.

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GlobalFoundries building 28nm chip factory

07/24, 1:55pm

GlobalFoundries Fab 2

GlobalFoundries on Friday began building a new factory dedicated to making more advanced processors. The Saratoga County, New York-based Fab 2 plant is due to be completely ready by 2012 and will make processors on processes current by the time the factory opens. Initial chips will be made using a 28 nanometer (nm) process and should shrink quickly to 22nm once its production is completely ready. The plant should be ready on a basic level by 2011 and could start its earliest production ahead of time.

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NEC, IBM, Toshiba extend 28nm chip deal

06/18, 2:50pm

Toshiba 28nm Deal Extends

Toshiba and NEC together said today that they would extend their agreement with IBM to produce 28 nanometer chip technology. The deal sees the members of the larger alliance continuing to work on the smaller, more efficient technology with the intention of using it for home user products. They now also say they expected 28nm to be particularly useful for "mobile communication devices" such as smartphones.

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AMD refocuses resources, changes operating model

05/07, 10:50am

AMD refocuses resources

AMD late Wednesday announced intentions to move to a new operating model, in an effort to refocus resources on its struggling businesses. The announcement follows several other shifts in AMD's focus, specifically trying to improve integration between microprocessor and graphic processor development. The announced operating model organizes AMD into four operating teams: products, technology, marketing, and customers.

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IBM alliance intros 28nm, low-power chip tech

04/17, 9:35am

IBM intros 28nm chips

IBM announced on Thursday that it, along with partners Chartered Semiconductor, GlobalFoundries, Infineon, Samsung and STMicroelectronics, are jointly developing a 28-nanometer low-power, high-k metal gate (HKMG) bulk complementary metal oxide (CMOS) semiconductor for use in future processors. The technology would be used in mobile and consumer electronics devices such as Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs), where it would extend battery life. The 28nm chips would reportedly provide a 40 percent performance gain and more than a 20 percent power decrease compared to 45nm technology in a chip that's about half the size.

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Intel threatens to cut AMD licenses in dispute

03/16, 11:30am

Intel May Cut AMD License

Intel today escalated confrontations between itself and competitors by telling AMD that it would eliminate the cross-licensing deal that grants AMD permission to use Intel patents for building x86-compatible processors. AMD is accused by Intel of having violated a 2001 license by having spun off its factories as GlobalFoundries and farmed out manufacturing of AMD's chips, including the Athlon, Phenom and Opteron lines, to the new company. Intel is asking AMD to resolve the problem within 60 days, which may include renegotiating a new license.

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AMD spin-off launches as GlobalFoundries

03/04, 5:40pm

GlobalFoundries launches

The recently approved spin-off of chipmaker AMD's manufacturing operations, in partnership with Advanced Technology Investment Co. (ATIC), an Abu Dhabi investment fund, has officially been launched on Wednesday. What is being called as the world's first global semiconductor foundry company, GlobalFoundries will initially employ 2,800 employees worldwide, with its headquarters based in the San Francisco Bay area.

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