Originally Posted by Kuivamaa
Originally Posted by Otterclock
AMD could be producing that hardware at a very narrow margin, initially, hoping for reduced costs down the road via a die shrink or something. I'd speculate their supply contract cuts things so close that yield problems could spell disaster. Hopefully it will turn out well for them, though.
AMD isn't producing anything.
It's an x86 chip.
Only 2 companies in the world are licenced to use x86, Intel and AMD.
AMD can not licence out x86 to anyone, including Sony and MS.
So yes, AMD is "producing" the chips (Via TSMC or others) and selling the finished products to Sony and MS. If the yields are too low, then AMD can not sell as much to Sony and MS, and possibly not cover the cost of production.
I do not think that will be an issue personally, but it can happen.
Originally Posted by Seronx
There are three or more separate foundries creating AMD APUs for the consoles. This ultimately leads to ~300,000+ 300mm Wafers/Month.
Then I sure hope they started stocking up sooner then now, that number doesn't sound all that high for the pre-order season.