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AMD begins 90nm production at 300mm fab

Posted: 06 Apr 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:David Lammers? Advanced Micro Devices? AMD? microprocessors? 90nm?

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) executives said that the company has earned its first revenues from microprocessors made on 90nm design rules at Fab 36, the company's first 300mm wafer fab in Dresden, Germany.

After several months of making 90nm Athlon 64 processors at Fab 36, AMD plans to begin converting to 65nm production in the second half of this year, with a full conversion to its 65nm process expected about a year later, said Hans Deppe, vice president and general manager of AMD Saxony.

According to Deppe, Fab 36 will be running about 17,000 300mm wafers by year-end, and about 20,000 per month by the middle of next year. The 300mm fab was built next to the company's 200mm fab, which runs about 30,000 wafers per month now.

AMD will begin receiving 90nm wafers from Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing in the second half of this year, further adding to the company's ability to increase production on a flexible basis, said Tom Sonderman, director of automated precision manufacturing technology for AMD.

- David Lammers
EE Times

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