TSMC may get OEM orders for AMD Fusion processor

Two teams are developing AMD's next-generation Fusion processor, with one focusing on using silicon on insulator (SOI) for the high-end market while the other is developing the chip using bulk processing from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to target the entry-level market, according to investment firm Goldman Sachs as cited by the Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN).

AMD will continue its corporation with Charted Semiconductor for processing on SOI while TSMC may get OEM orders for the processor if the bulk development goes well, reported the paper. If AMD decides to launch only SOI-based processors, however, then Charted Semiconductor will be the only company to benefit from the development, noted the paper. Fusion-based processors are expected to combine the CPU and graphics processor unit on one die.

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News source: DigiTimes

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Not if the Fusion Processor costs like $1200 and doesn't outperform Intel's chips with a discrete GPU. We'll have to wait and see the benchmarks when its released to find out if the research and development pays off. It is very interesting though.