In the chip industry, the foundry makes suggestions of what kind of materials that should be use for a clients chips and packaging, but this time around, experts from TSMC advised Nvidia to use the troublesome material combination that is found on many Geforce 7 and Geforce 8 mobile chips. As you know, some of these chips ended up with this throttling issue that everyone talks about.The site says it's up to Dell and HP to communicate about the issue and believes it's possible that TSMC will give NVIDIA some cash or give them them special terms (such as cheaper pricing) for upcoming products.
Nvidia at its end failed to foresee the throttling problems with these chips due to a bad pick of packaging materials, and it literary took Nvidia years to learn that there is a massive problem with the packaging on these chips. Luckily, it looks as if the problem was fixed before the Geforce 9 mobile series came out.
TSMC partly to blame for NVIDIA chip woes
Posted on Friday, Sep 12 2008 @ 22:48 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck