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07 Nov 2009   #1
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AMD graphics chip shortage hitting PC vendors

AMD graphics chip shortage hitting PC vendors

Offshore TSMC foundry slow to ramp up production of AMD's new 40-nanometer GPUs

By Sharon Gaudin
November 6, 2009 01:44 PM ET

Computerworld - An offshore Advanced Micro Devices Inc. foundry is having trouble ramping up on production of a new 40-nanometer graphics processing unit, forcing PC makers to delay shipments of desktop and laptop computers, AMD confirmed today.

The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd. (TSMC) is struggling to get up to speed manufacturing AMD's 5800 series, 40-nm GPUs (graphics processing units), according to Jim McGregor, an analyst at In-Stat. He added that the foundry is in full production but so far yields are below expectation.

Matt Davis, a spokesman for AMD, confirmed to Computerworld that TSMC is having issues in ramping up production of the chips. He added that it's not clear how far behind the foundry is on production expectations.

"The design is sound. It's just a matter of trying to get TSMC to a point where they can yield. They're feeling the manufacturing crunch," said Davis. "We're a little bitter under yield but we're working back into a manufacturing schedule we want for these parts. TSMC can only kick them out so fast at this point."

Davis said that PC vendors are being affected but declined to say how many vendors are feeling the pinch or which ones. "It's the end of the whip," he added. "[The vendors] are going to have a hard time."
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08 Nov 2009   #2


I know that 5850's and 5870's are becoming as rare as hens teeth in Australia because of this.

It looks like I'll be hanging on to my cards for just that little bit longer

It's good news for Nvidia though.
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08 Nov 2009   #3

W7 HP 64-bit on my desktop, and W7 ultimate 32-bit on my MSI Wind (lol)

It seems that AMD has a few winners here. I work at the largest computer store in my country and we're selling especially the 5770 and the 5850 like they're free donuts in an African village.
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