But it’s not something that many would think, it’s more of a strategic move.
Although AMD’s primary manufacturing partner is TSMC, the company is still building on GlobalFoundries’ 14nm production lines, as the Pollock, Dali and Banded Kestrel codenamed options are still available to partners. Of course, you don’t have to think of three different chips, in fact the mentioned code names hide exactly the same system chip with two Zen cores and a Vega 3 IGP, they are only aimed at different markets, and the company uses separate code names due to their parameterization.
According to our information, this ominous chip will also be produced by Samsung in the future, which is not a difficult task, because as part of the Common Platform, it is easy to transfer the designs designed for GlobalFoundries’ 14 nm node to Samsung’s 14 nm node. All this can be solved almost without modification.
From AMD’s point of view, this can all be seen as a strategic move, as GlobalFoundries has pulled out of the development of high-end manufacturing technologies, but the South Korean giant is very determined to compete with TSMC. Because of this, it’s simply beneficial for AMD to be a Samsung partner, even if on an older node, as they can keep a closer eye on ongoing developments and make a more efficient decision on whether to take a later design to TSMC or Samsung.
Source: Hírek és cikkek – PROHARDVER! by prohardver.hu.
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