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From: neolib2/15/2012 3:46:27 PM
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EDN has an editorial on ARM in automotive based on data from Semicast back in Dec. It appears ARM is the leading 32-bit embedded CPU in automotive, and its in a wide range of automotive applications. They claim 3 ARM CPU's on average in every light vehicle produced worldwide in 2011 and growing to 7 in 2016. One area not mentioned is powertrain, where I think PPC still dominates.

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To: THE WATSONYOUTH who wrote (4940)2/15/2012 11:04:49 PM
From: Toro Caca
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watson, so now we have reports of everything from bad to great<br/>TSMC's 28nm is great, says Xilinx

Do you think that Xilinx products are like APU's. Designs are designs? might there not be some interaction between
design and process that lead to yield problems?

Peace,
El Toro

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To: Toro Caca who wrote (4943)2/15/2012 11:15:58 PM
From: neolib
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Mainly I'd think Xilinx's 28nm parts are much bigger than AMD's APU and GPU's from TSMC. So one would expect much worse yields??

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From: neolib2/15/2012 11:24:28 PM
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At good read on the subject is here:

xilinx.com

It actually claims that the FPGA and CPU/GPU die are on the same size, but Xilinx chose the HPL process vs the more standard HP process used by the CPU/GPU designs. Details as to why in the above link.

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From: neolib2/15/2012 11:44:52 PM
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AMD gets a reprieve:



Intel to postpone mass shipments of Ivy Bridge processors
Monica Chen, Taipei; Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES [Thursday 16 February 2012]
Intel recently notified its partners about plans to postpone mass shipments of its upcoming Ivy Bridge processors. Despite that the company will still announce the new products and ship a small volume of the processors in early April, mass shipments are not expected to occur until after June, according to sources from notebook players.

Because most first-tier notebook vendors are having trouble digesting their Sandy Bridge notebook inventories due to the weak global economy, while Intel is also troubled by its Sandy Bridge processor inventory, the CPU giant plans to delay mass shipments of the new processors to minimize the impact, the sources noted.


With Intel changing its launch schedule, notebook vendors have all started adjusting their projects for new Ivy Bridge models; however, the notebook vendors still believe the PC replacement trend is unlikely to start until after September, when Microsoft launches Windows 8, and the first three quarters of 2012 will still be a dark period for the notebook industry.

However, Intel's decision to slow down its Ivy Bridge processor launch will benefit USB 3.0 chipmakers such as Renesas, ASMedia and Etron allowing them to earn an extra quarter of sales, according to sources from the chipmakers. The sources pointed out that the share of third-party USB 3.0 chipmakers in the notebook market was originally expected to drop to only around 20% in 2012, but with Intel's delay, their share is expected to climb back to 50%.


digitimes.com



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From: neolib2/15/2012 11:47:06 PM
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Perhaps AMD not getting Trinity out in full force until October 2012 had some impact on Intel's decision as well?

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To: neolib who wrote (4947)2/16/2012 12:18:16 AM
From: THE WATSONYOUTH
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Perhaps AMD not getting Trinity out in full force until October 2012 had some impact on Intel's decision as well?

Did AMD announce the October date? That would be a slip based on current expectations? No?

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To: neolib who wrote (4944)2/16/2012 12:22:44 AM
From: Toro Caca
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neolib, Mainly I'd think Xilinx's 28nm parts are much bigger than AMD's APU and GPU's from TSMC. So one would expect much worse yields??


Hate to burst your bubble, but FPGA's are not the same as APU's. Yes, FPGA's are larger die ... but much more regular design that
don't push all the design physical layout corner cases AND how many FPGA's operate at 3+ ghz. You sound like you come
from the school of ... designs is designs ... processes is processes ... and ... parts is parts.

Peace,
El Toro

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To: Toro Caca who wrote (4943)2/16/2012 4:29:58 AM
From: THE WATSONYOUTH
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Do you think that Xilinx products are like APU's. Designs are designs? might there not be some interaction between
design and process that lead to yield problems?



AMD is not making any 28nm APUs at TSMC this year.........only their discrete GPUs are now 28nm at TSMC if I remember correctly. AMD claimed they were very satisfied with their 28nm GPUs at TSMC. I think 28nm APUs at TSMC is next year. TSMC should have a much more mature 28nm process by then. Can anyone confirm what I claimed? We certainly would not want to spread any Bull Shit on Toro Caca.

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From: neolib2/16/2012 9:41:15 AM
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theinquirer.net

Some additional comments on Demers exiting AMD. Says it was on good terms, not forced out.

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