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|AMD Begins First Revenue Shipments of AMD64 Products Manufactured At Chartered
Delivering on its customer-centric strategy of flex capacity, AMD starts on-plan, on-time startup of volume production at Chartered
AMD announced that in June it began its first revenue shipments of AMD64 processors manufactured at Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing in Singapore. AMD and Chartered ramped 300mm production at Fab 7 in record time, hitting all major milestones and starting production at mature yields. Initial shipments out of Chartered consisted of microprocessors manufactured on 90nm process technology. The ramp of volume production at Chartered combined with recent announcements in Dresden shows that AMD will have the ability to intelligently scale and flex production in line with customer demand.
“We selected Chartered to augment our production because of a shared philosophy of flexibility and agility in manufacturing,” said Daryl Ostrander, senior vice president, logic technology at AMD. “Through successful integration of select advanced process control modules we’ve enabled an on-time start-up with the same standards of quality, efficiency and responsiveness that AMD customers have come to expect from our manufacturing operations.”
AMD and Chartered originally announced a manufacturing agreement in late 2004 which called for volume production of AMD64 products in the second half of 2006. With this announcement, AMD has once again demonstrated a track-record of flawless execution and on-time delivery in manufacturing to provide additional flex capacity for its customers. AMD will continue to enhance operations at Chartered with a planned transition to 65nm process technology in mid-2007.
“Achieving mature yields on-plan and ahead of schedule for 90nm volume production in support of AMD’s expanding market opportunity have been our collective goals since we initiated our manufacturing collaboration in 2004, and we are equally proud of these results,” said Kay Chai “KC” Ang, senior vice president of fab operations at Chartered. “Our close working relationship with AMD has not only enhanced our ability to meet and exceed its aggressive manufacturing requirements, but has provided pass-through benefits resulting from our implementation of Automated Precision Manufacturing know-how from AMD.”
“Through a flexible, collaborative approach and the power of Automated Precision Manufacturing, AMD and Chartered have attained rapid production ramp on AMD64 products with mature yields,” said Preston Snuggs, vice president of manufacturing systems at AMD. “Through a continued customer-centric approach to manufacturing, we now have increased flexibility in dynamically adjusting capacity to meet customer demand.”
AMD (NYSE:AMD) designs and produces innovative microprocessors, and low-power processor solutions for the computer, communications and consumer electronics industries. AMD is dedicated to helping its customers deliver standards-based, customer-focused solutions for technology users, ranging from enterprises and governments to individual consumers. For more information, visit www.amd.com.
Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing (Nasdaq: CHRT, SGX-ST: CHARTERED), one of the world’s top dedicated semiconductor foundries, offers leading-edge technologies down to 65 nanometer (nm), enabling today’s system-on-chip designs. The company further serves the needs of customers through its collaborative, joint development approach on a technology roadmap that extends to 45nm. Chartered’s strategy is based on open and comprehensive design enablement solutions, manufacturing enhancement methodologies, and a commitment to flexible sourcing. In Singapore, the company operates a 300mm fabrication facility and four 200mm facilities. Information about Chartered can be found at http://www.charteredsemi.com.