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HD5xxx series TSMC issues making cores?


Krieg1337

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I keep reading in posts that this so called "TSMC" is having problems making cores for the HD 5xxx series. I was just wondering why they are having problems with this?

 

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I keep reading in posts that this so called "TSMC" is having problems making cores for the HD 5xxx series. I was just wondering why they are having problems with this?

They're having problems with the 40nm process, it's just more obvious than ever now that they have a complex and high volume part to manufacture. NVIDIA is and will be facing similar issues, especially that their core is about 40% larger. Why? I think that's exactly what TSMC is trying to figure out ;)

 

I wouldn't be surprised if R800 was ATI's last core to be strictly manufactured by TSMC. By the time R900 (or whatever they call it) is ready, GlobalFoundries will be ready.

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TSMC is the manufacturer that has been making GPUs for ATI for a while. They've had major issues with the 40nm node, so the yields are quite low.

 

However, HD 5750/5770 supply is fine, so I am starting to think ATI is to blame for the shortage. I think they overordered the 5750/5770 dies and underordered for 5870/5850. They've claimed yields should be improving soon so who knows.

 

All I know is it is damned frustrating.

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