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At the beginning, AMD was attacked by Intel from the era of bulldozers, “i3, A8, i5 seconds, i7, slag”, and now “AMD, Yes!”, which is the improvement of AMD design concept and the improvement of process technology. However, there is actually a very important reason, that is, the improvement of the foundry.
Speaking of this, I have to mention the resentment between AMD and the foundry GlobalFoundries (GF). . .
It is said that before 2009, AMD also had a good time. In the product, Intel, who was once obsessed with increasing the frequency, could not climb. In 2006, AMD also invested heavily in the acquisition of graphics card brand ATI.
However, in order to use ATI in the graphics card market as soon as possible, AMD was too quick to make a profit and gave a lot of financial resources to ATI, which also laid the foundation for future events.
AMD's R&D on the old CPU has slowed down. In the end, AMD's new architecture is being searched by Intel's Core 2 architecture, which is slow and slow. AMD has since started. The days when Intel was rubbing on the ground. .
The awkward AMD happened to run into a Middle Eastern tyrant who was interested in chip manufacturing.
You know, before this, AMD is going to be the same self-produced model as Intel, and build a fab to produce chips.
The advantage of doing so is that it gives priority to ensuring the capacity of its own CPU. Jerry Sanders, a former AMD founder, said in 1994 that "it is the real man who owns the wafer factory," but AMD itself is in trouble at this time. The wafer factory where thieves can burn money becomes a burden on AMD..
AMD, who lacks money and is afraid of it, has sold its own headquarters building. Just as the local tyrants came to the door, AMD thought that it might be possible to separate the fabs and receive orders from all over the world.
So AMD and the local tyrants hit it off and removed the AMD fab to form the chip foundry Grofund.
The wish is beautiful, the reality is cruel.
AMD, who wanted to rely on the chip foundry to turn over, dug himself a big pit!
At the beginning of Grofand's establishment, AMD signed an agreement with Grofund to hand over all of its CPUs and GPUs to Groffont, in order to make Grofund develop faster.
The modular design was adopted and the bulldozer architecture and pile driver architecture were introduced. .
Unexpectedly, Groffontein's 32nm process technology is not good, there are problems of leakage and temperature control, which directly leads to the CPU heat generation of both the bulldozer and the pile driver.
It wasn't until the release of Ryzen in 2017 that AMD breathed a sigh of relief. However, Ryzen's single-core performance is still not comparable to the CPU of the next-door toothpaste factory, especially for game users who need single-core performance, or there is no way for them to pay.
The reason for the poor performance of single core is also very desperate. .
Because Grofund's 14nm process is difficult to produce, AMD can only be forced to use Samsung's 14nm process, and Samsung's 14nm process is hoisted by Intel's 14nm next door. In order to better control the temperature, AMD can only push the frequency of Ryzen down. . .
AMD, who has been tortured by Groffont for so many years, couldn’t stand it anymore. In order to improve the performance of the second generation of the Ruilong, they chose to tear up the agreement in 2018, and said goodbye to the pig teammate Grofund, and found the chip king TSMC. Cooperation, for this reason AMD also paid a high amount of liquidated damages to Groffont.
Turning to the AMD of TSMC can be described as smooth, not only on the Ryzen2 to increase the frequency, the upcoming Ryzen3 also took the TSMC 7nm windmill, in the manufacturing process overtake the 14nm struggling Intel.
The Middle East locals who invested in Grodfontein and AMD have also had a good day. Although they have lost a lot in Groffont, they have earned a lot of money due to the rising share price of AMD in recent years.
However, the days of Grofand abandoned by AMD were not so good. Due to technical problems, they announced that they would give up 7nm research and development. Last week they learned about AMD and started selling their business. They sold their most competitive ASIC business, Avera Semiconductor, to Marvell.
From the current point of view, when AMD sold Grofund, it didn't seem to be a good deal. However, due to his own financial situation, it was a sigh of relief for AMD. Perhaps there is no such money. AMD can't support it now.
Although it has been plagued by Groffont for so many years, it is good that AMD has come over.
Next, how does Grofund survive the winter, it depends on whether he can beat himself. .
“ AMD Yes!”