Nvidia Plays Hardball with TSMC, Wins Priority Status for 28nm Chips

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JohnP

Paul, remember back a few months ago when NVidia took their frustrations out on a public meeting when it showed the cost/benefit ratio on slides? Apparently, bitching in public DOES work!

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Penterax

Personally, I think Nvidia should go ahead and develop relationships with other fabricators; re-arranging priority doesn't solve the problem, TSMC still can't keep up with demand.

Of course, we don't know all the facts, business deals, what TSMC has planned, and the 28nm process yields will improve.

;)

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JohnP

interesting post, Penterax. It really depends on how much business that NVidia will have in the future. Once the 28nm wafers start rolling out, there will not be a good reason to use other fabs unless there is a HUGE jump in demand for 28nm parts. The other thing is that it is NOT easy to start up another line somewhere as there is a ton of debugging involved to increase yields and you need a large team to work together to do so.
Remember, NVidia probably does most of its business with the much less complex and larger sized chips.

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sonigaurav2006

This also means that the stupidly high premiums charged by retailers due to low availability will subside (Y)

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Jox

Like with hard drives after the flood damage was repaired.

Oh, wait.

-Jox

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limitbreaker

Isn't amd also getting chips from tsmc?

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