AMD has reported it is ready to begin manufacturing of next generation graphics processors at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) production facilities. The new GPUs, a.k.a “Southern Island”, will be based on chips made using 28nm High-k Metal Gate (HKMG) process technology. Mass production is targeted at late 2011. Same time, TSMC plans to launch FAB15 facility in Q4 2011, that will be feature fully equipped production line for 12-inch wafers made to 28nm process logic.
AMD Krishna and Wichita APU fabrication should start in 1H 2012. These product will use 28nm HKMG chips made at TSMC production facilities as well.
Currently, TSMC is responsible for manufacturing of AMD graphics solution, such as Northern Island, APU Ontario, Zacate and Desna, in reference with 40nm process technology.
As for Hybrid processors Llano and Trinity, they are appointed to be produced by Globalfoundries using 32nm SOI process.