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AMD's Fab 36 Control Room
AMD's Fab 36 is on track to begin the switch to 65nm in the latter half of 2006

AMD has begun its first revenue generating shipments of AMD64 processors from its new Fab 36 facility in Dresden, Germany. Fab 36 is currently producing 90nm processors on 300mm wafers -- 65nm sampling will start in the second half of 2006. The company is on track to shift the majority of Fab 36 production to 65nm by the middle of 2007. With the addition of Fab 36, AMD plans to double chip production output through 2008.

Fab 36 is located adjacent to Fab 30 which currently produces chips on 200mm wafers. AMD is leveraging the power of its patented Automated Precision Manufacturing (APM) system to constantly boost production efficiency at its fabs. With the help of APM, AMD was able to boost maximum chip output from 20,000 wafers per month to 30,000 per month at Fab 30. With the help of APM, Fab 36 will also benefit from increased production efficiency over the course of its life.

"Over the past decade we’ve perfected new, more innovative operational models such as APM that have made us faster, more accurate, more agile and more efficient,” said Daryl Ostrander, senior vice president of manufacturing and technology at AMD. “As a result, we are introducing advanced technologies more seamlessly than ever before. We are ramping to high yields and volume production on new products faster. We are fully converting our fabs to the next technology generation at consistently accelerated rates.”

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...Dell Inside?
By Sahrin on 4/4/2006 9:41:10 PM , Rating: 2
Are those Dell Dimensions?


RE: ...Dell Inside?
By ssvegeta1010 on 4/4/2006 10:21:55 PM , Rating: 2
How do those look like Dells?

RE: ...Dell Inside?
By middlehead on 4/4/2006 11:29:24 PM , Rating: 2
I'd say it's pretty obvious they're not Dells, but I am curious as to what hardware those terminals are using.

Price reduction?
By gersson on 4/4/2006 5:18:41 PM , Rating: 3
Didn't AMD recently warn that prices would actually go up?

RE: Price reduction?
By Egglick on 4/4/2006 10:28:21 PM , Rating: 2
There's no doubt that the facility cost a hefty penny to build, but by using 300mm wafers (from 200mm) and then switching to the 65nm process, AMD will probably reduce their CPU manufacturing costs by upwards of 50%.

That, combined with the fact that they'll be putting a much larger volume of processors on the market only means good things for the consumer.

Cool room
By KenGoding on 4/4/2006 3:53:19 PM , Rating: 2
This sounds nice to me, more chips mean hopefully lower prices... I like the looks of that control room, it's like another world!

RE: Cool room
By fliguy84 on 4/4/2006 5:13:07 PM , Rating: 2
This sounds nice to me, more chips mean hopefully lower prices... I like the looks of that control room, it's like another world!

Yeah, it's cleaner than most hospital's operating room. How clean could that be?

By DeathSniper on 4/4/2006 4:03:29 PM , Rating: 2
Hurray? Glad to hear this news.

By tjr508 on 4/4/2006 9:18:36 PM , Rating: 2
What a perdicament!

I have a 3000+ to upgrade and though I can afford an X2 in a month, my 3000+ ebay price will have gone down almost as much as the X2, so I guess I still lose =(

By nomagic on 4/4/2006 11:29:33 PM , Rating: 2
Are the processors of the computers in the control room AMD-based or Intel-based? (or IBM's POWER?) I am so curious. I say they are Opterons...

By Griswold on 4/5/2006 7:22:50 AM , Rating: 2
The company is on track to shift the majority of Fab 36 production to 65nm by the middle of 2007

The plan is to complete the shift to 65nm for all products by mid 2007. Fab36 is currently producing 65nm test chips and is expected to start volume production of some 65nm products this summer. They did not mention which family of processors though but I guess it will be opterons, most likely the quad cores that are supposed to be available end of 2006 / early 2007.

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