Friday, November 29th 2019

Samsung Scores PC CPU Manufacturing Order from Intel

Samsung has reportedly secured a "PC CPU" manufacturing order from Intel. This would entail Intel using Samsung's fabs to manufacture its processors. "PC CPU" is a broad term, interchangeable with "client CPU," and could include both notebook and desktop processors, spanning the "S," "H," "U," and "Y" silicon variants (mainstream desktop, mainstream notebook, ultrabook, and ultra low-power, respectively). Samsung's bouquet of contract-manufacturing covers not just silicon fabrication across 14 nm, but also sub 10 nm nodes, but also provides other key stages of processor manufacturing, including bumping and packaging. Intel would want minimal expenditure in adapting its chip designs to Samsung's nodes

In her November 20 letter addressed to Intel's customers, executive V-P and GM for sales, marketing, and communications, Michelle Johnston Holthaus, mentioned that in addition to Intel's own manufacturing facilities, the company is roping in "foundries" (third-party silicon fabrication companies) to meet demand. Samsung and TSMC lead the foundry business, followed by the likes of GlobalFoundries, UMC, etc.
Many Thanks to biffzinker for the tip. Source: Pulse News Korea
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30 Comments on Samsung Scores PC CPU Manufacturing Order from Intel

#26
Vayra86
kings
Your Ryzen 1700X is manufactured in a low power process (Low Power Plus the technical term), which Samsung has licensed to GlobalFoundries.

Does that mean the CPU is bad?
Its main problem was that it could not clock high and was clearly optimized around.... a low power target for a top of the stack (X) CPU.

Bad product no. Easily surpassed, yes.
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#27
TheGuruStud
No need. Zen 2 mobile is coming and it won't have sub 2ghz clocks
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#28
R-T-B
Vya Domus
Good luck in using nodes optimized for low power SoCs. They either get TSMC on board or it's futile.
Samsung does not just have low power nodes...
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Vya Domus
R-T-B
Samsung does not just have low power nodes...
And those would be ?
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#30
notb
Vya Domus
And those would be ?
That would be the one they specifically set up for Intel. A large contract gives them the guarantee needed for such investment.
It's the same story we had with Nvidia. "Oh no, Samsung never made large chips. It won't work"

Seriously, it's not magic. They use the same ASML equipment that TSMC has.
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