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The 'industry sources' have again started talking about AMD's manufacturing strategy and apparently, that will see it outsource CPU production to the best friend of the fabless, TSMC. The move is said to be planned for the second half of the year although it's not yet clear what will happen to AMD's fabs.

TSMC, which is currently making graphics chips for AMD, is said to be making preparations to its production lines in order to be ready for the upcoming CPU orders.
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Is that a good thing?
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Is that a good thing?
Short term... Yes
Long term... No

Is adding a middleman ever a good thing?

-EDIT-

Then again, who knows? IFF going "asset light" ultimately leads to an IBM buyout and the two developing and licensing their collaborative IP... Might not be a bad move.
Edited by MasterKromm - 5/13/08 at 7:30am
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what does this mean ?
    
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what does this mean ?
AMD may split into two companies. One company will develop GPUs, CPUs, and chipsets. This company won't actually manufactor anything but will outsource production. This company just does the designing and is "asset light". This is what NVIDIA does. The other AMD company will just manufactor stuff using the existing AMD fab plants. The first company will continue to use the AMD fab plants but will also use TSMC for production.
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TMSC has a much larger production capacity than AMD, they have at least 14 fabs. this will help AMD to get products out faster (where they suffer the most) they just won't recieve 100% of profits.

I say good move
    
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TMSC has a much larger production capacity than AMD, they have at least 14 fabs. this will help AMD to get products out faster (where they suffer the most) they just won't recieve 100% of profits.

I say good move
AMD can also reduce focus on developing smaller manufacturing process which another weak point. Intel has a 12-16 month advantage in this.
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I know, set up a new company called ATI to do the GPUs then that just leaves AMD with the CPUs to work with.
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I know, set up a new company called ATI to do the GPUs then that just leaves AMD with the CPUs to work with.
Great plan for failure since Fusion will be intergrating GPU and CPU.
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I know, set up a new company called ATI to do the GPUs then that just leaves AMD with the CPUs to work with.
NOOOOO. I've heard that said a million times by people who don't actually read. ATI and AMD are not splitting up.
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