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.
I could have sworn there are GPUs and CPUs rolling off TSMC's 28nm lines right now.
Is it subconcious, or do you actually choose to ignore information that contradicts your agenda? Perhaps it just evaporates as you distill your argument down into a single catch-phrase that's meaningless to anyone not in your little hate-club.
Chip giant's highly anticipated Ivy Bridge processor--the engine of future ultrabooks--will be delayed, according to a report.
The next-generation Intel chip destined to populate the upcoming crop of ultrabooks is delayed, an Asia-based report claims.
The delay of the "Ivy Bridge" processor is being reported by DigiTimes, a publication that typically voices the concerns of device makers. Those concerns are just as often opinion as they are fact.
That said, the key point is that volume shipments of Ivy Bridge won't happen until "after June," Digitimes said, citing sources at "first-tier notebook vendors [that] are having trouble digesting their Sandy Bridge notebook inventories due to the weak global economy."
A "small volume" of Ivy Bridge processors will ship on schedule in April, the publication added.
The report also mentions that the PC replacement cycle won't begin in earnest until September "when Microsoft launches Windows 8."
Ominously, DigiTimes says the first three quarters of this year--before Windows 8 is released--will be a "dark period" for the notebook industry
AMD not getting much of a pop from IB being delayed. IMHO, that is the best news for AMD in 1H12. Although the idea that vendors have excess inventory of notebooks and Intel has excess inventory of SB is not good news I guess. Says something about the lack of red hot demand in the sector. Wonder what happens to Intel's GM on those 22nm fabs sitting there waiting to crank out 22nm IB? Will they be underutilized, or is Intel stockpiling? I suppose yields might be low and that might explain more??
Intel's not getting much bang for their $300M Ultrabook market development bucks, apparently.
I just feel bad for anyone who's been holding out for the finally good-enough IB UB.
While it has been muttered about behind closed doors, it seems that the war between Chipzilla and Jobs' Mob has just come into the open.
ZD Net noticed that Asus, which has signed up to Intel's new Ultraclone world, deleted evidence of its competition with the MacBook Air from an Intel/Asus co-branded webpage.
It was all fairly harmless. The advert from last year identified the competitor to its Zenbook Ultrabook as a "Fruit Brand."
Then there was Taiwan Semiconductor's chairman - the father of foundries - Morris Chang who spoke about Intel's Ultrabook war on the MacBook Air as "Intel is competing directly with TSMC's customers while standing behind a veil."
ZD Net speculates that since Intel is paying subsidies to all non- Apple computer manufacturers to make what it calls "underpriced MacBook Air clones" Chang must have been referring to Intel and Apple slugging it out.
Of course calling an Ultrabook "an underpriced MacBook Air" does sort of reveal whose side of the war ZD Net is on. You could equally have referred to a MacBook Air as an overpriced Ultrabook.
Nevertheless Chang has pledged his support to "stand behind" its customers on the battlefield against Intel.
Apple has responded by publicly asking Asus to stop making MacBook Air clones, so it looks like the war is on.
However, if a war has started it seems that Intel at least is keen to pretend that it hasn't. Intel's Bill Calder said that that there have been no Ultrabook 'subsidies.' What it has been doing is offering co-marketing funds to its customers.
He said that these funds are not "subsidies", nor are they anti-competitive and anyway the $300m Ultrabook Fund is focused solely on infrastructure investments to drive down component costs, and none of those funds go directly to OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) or ODMs (original design manufacturers).
The only cash provided to computer manufacturers related to Ultrabooks are solely intended to raise consumer awareness and stimulate demand.
He said Intel loves Apple and really did not care when it tested AMD chips for its MacBook Air.
Apple, of course, has said nothing. It still seems to think that the world is going to forget all about PCs and go to tablets. It does not seem particularly interested in its Air range, and anyway with Intel pushing cheaper Ultrabooks it could find that the Air is simply too expensive to interest the punters.