TSMC partly to blame for NVIDIA chip woes

Posted on Friday, Sep 12 2008 @ 22:48 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
FUD Zilla claims Taiwanese foundry TSMC is partially responsible for the problems that some of NVIDIA's mobile chips are experiencing. The rumour is that experts from TSMC advises NVIDIA to use the troublesome packaging materials and that NVIDIA at its end failed to foresee the throttling problems caused by the packaging material:
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.

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.
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.

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