Q: Recently, AMD officially opened Fab 36, Dresden. Reports indicate that Fab 36 will begin with 12-inch wafer starts at the 90-nanometer node; following which, 65-nanometer process technology from IBM will be installed. Can you comment in some detail on the technology AMD now has available with Fab 36, and the timeline for pilot runs, process validation, and so on. Presumably Fab 36 gives a tremendous boost to AMD's production capacity, so can you detail that and indicate anticipated demand?You can read it over here.
A: The first thing to note that will be important to your readers, is that Fab 36 is on schedule, that things are progressing as planned, as we indicated in our last report. And Fab 36 is showing all the promise that we were hoping for – in other words, taking all of the great know-how and experience of Fab 30 and making it a seamless transition to the 300mm format, with all the benefits of advanced precision manufacturing (APM), using in-house software, which is really proving to be a key asset for AMD. So, to summarize, Fab 36 is all green, going well, on schedule, and obviously it's eagerly awaited because we have very strong demand in the marketplace for our products, and a lot of our customers have committed programs to AMD because they know Fab 36 is going to deliver.
Interview with AMD - part 4
Posted on Thursday, Mar 16 2006 @ 19:04 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck