A report in the Economic News said that Big Blue will make NV36 and NV40 chips for Nvidia, while TSMC will make RV360 and R420 graphics chips for ATI.
The report adds that the NV40 will have 300 million trannies and run at 600MHz, use special DDR-II memory and be produced at the IBM foundry at .13µ (micron) towards the end of the year.
The R420 will use TSMC .13µ technology and the report added that the Taiwanese foundry will fab up the R500 series chips using 90 nanometer tech next year. Moving to 90 nanometer, we'd suggest, will be no picnic however.
IBM has lowered prices on its wafer tech to compete the harder with TSMC, while the Taiwanese foundries are cutting costs. Currently, TSMC makes 95% of Nvidia's chips, the report added, while a staggering 11% of TSMC's revenue emanates from Graphzilla.
But IBM Micro and TSMC have very different models - and Nvidia is desperate to reduce costs on .13µ chips. Nvidia is forced to pay for a whole wafer from TSMC, which includes duff chips. With Big Blue, customers only pay for good chips. µ
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