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TSMC Gives NVIDIA Priority for 28 nm Manufacturing.
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Default TSMC Gives NVIDIA Priority for 28 nm Manufacturing. - 05-09-2012, 15:50 | posts: 3,627 | Location: Nederland

http://www.techpowerup.com/165707/TS...facturing.html

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Relations between NVIDIA and its principal foundry partner, TSMC, have been unpredictable in recent times, with reports of NVIDIA expressing displeasure with it over 28 nm manufacturing capacity, which is denting its competitiveness; and later crediting collaboration with it, for the energy-efficiency of its latest Kepler family of GPUs. With NVIDIA threatening to find other foundry partners for bulk manufacturing, and reports of Samsung already preparing qualification samples for it, TSMC is responding by issuing NVIDIA a priority over other clients (such as Qualcomm, AMD) for manufacturing of 28 nm chips.

While being unsatisfied with TSMC's output, and its new policy of charging for wafers rather than working chips yielded, NVIDIA refuted rumors of it seeking other foundry partners such as Samsung and Global Foundries. When put on high-priority, TSMC will facilitate speedy launch of new NVIDIA GeForce SKUs towards the end of Q2, 2012. Supply prioritization isn't new, TSMC has, in the past, prioritized Qualcomm when it threatened to shift allocations to other foundries. It remains to be seen how AMD responds to the situation, as such a prioritization would come at the expense of its volumes, and could threaten its competitiveness.
   
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Default 05-09-2012, 15:55 | posts: 6,559

8 690s produced per week here we come!
   
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Default 05-09-2012, 15:57 | posts: 5,837 | Location: Tacoma, Washington

Does this mean we'll start seeing a more abundant supply of 680, 670 and 690 GTX parts sometime soon? I hope it does, as it would be nice for those who have been waiting patiently, and are unable to purchase due to the slow supply.
   
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Isn't that anticompetitive illegalness right there?
   
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Default 05-09-2012, 16:00 | posts: 3,627 | Location: Nederland

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Does this mean we'll start seeing a more abundant supply of 680, 670 and 690 GTX parts sometime soon? I hope it does, as it would be nice for those who have been waiting patiently, and are unable to purchase due to the slow supply.
It should be a "bit" better than what it is now.
   
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Default 05-09-2012, 16:33 | posts: 3,728 | Location: Australia

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Isn't that anticompetitive illegalness right there?
Different countries, different rules I guess. Just follow the money trail!

I would dare say TSMC has contractual obligations with AMD to supply a certain amount of product per time period. If TSMC don't meet that requirement, especially for the reason of prioritising a competitors products over their own, AMD could legally seek compensation of some form. It also means they'd be free to get out of the contract move to a competitor FAB, such as (for example) having the APU's done at Global Foundaries and GPU's with Samsung.
   
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Default 05-09-2012, 17:56 | posts: 2,949

Morris Chang and Jensen's friendship goes beyond business connection,
so I was surprised by the level of Nvidia dissatisfaction with TSMC.

Nvidia has good product, and I doubt manufacturing will stop their execution.
Sure, same thing happened before with Lano and TSMC,
but that's why I think Nvidia is screaming BEFORE low supply becomes huge issue.

Contrary to what most ppl believe, Kepler supply is currently an issue solely in USA, which accidentally has the lowest prices.
   
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Default 05-09-2012, 18:13 | posts: 6,559

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Isn't that anticompetitive illegalness right there?
What are you talking about? Are you freaking insane? How in the hell is choosing what customer to prioritize illegal?! Why would you even think something so...Oh man, you're kidding right. You gotta be.
   
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Isn't that anticompetitive illegalness right there?
Absolutely not.
   
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Default 05-09-2012, 20:44 | posts: 8,698 | Location: UK

Why are they getting priority, supposed to be none about as they are selling out on sight, not becuase there is any problems producing them
   
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Default 05-09-2012, 20:56 | posts: 16,073 | Location: US East Coast

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Isn't that anticompetitive illegalness right there?
As long as they don't prevent AMD from competing, then no.

AMD should look at other FABs though as TSMC constantly has problems....


   
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Default 05-09-2012, 21:11 | posts: 5,304 | Location: Belgium

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Isn't that anticompetitive illegalness right there?
Rinse and repeating a quote I've often used: "With the right handshakes and the right amount of money, nothing is illegal."
   
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Global Foundries making NVIDIA GPU's would be pretty funny.
   
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I keep telling you guys....

   
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Default 05-09-2012, 23:41 | posts: 16,073 | Location: US East Coast

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Global Foundries making NVIDIA GPU's would be pretty funny.
Not for all the nVidia fanboys....


   
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