SAMSUNG WILL MAKE CHIPS for AMD, if rumours circulating in Seoul are anything to go by.
A report in South Korea's Electronic Times, which cited unknown sources, said that Samsung Electronics will start making new chips for AMD sometime next year.
The paper's contacts claimed that the deal will see Samsung's foundry business and California semiconductor foundry GlobalFoundries join forces to start producing a central processing chip as well as a graphics processing chip using 14nm technology.
Samsung and AMD were not immediately available for comment.
Samsung already makes chips for Apple and Nvidia, but extending its services to AMD would give its components businesses a boost in an attempt to offset the earnings decline in recent quarters for the firm's smartphone division.
Samsung has been busy building up its chip business this year in an attempt to make it stronger in other areas rather than just consumer tech. The firm revealed earlier this year that it will soon begin production of a 10nm FinFET node and that the chip will be in full production by the end of 2016.
The 10nm process targets a wide range of markets and will deliver "significant power, area and performance advantages" when it hits devices, according to Samsung.
This is expected to be at around the same time as rival TSMC. More detailed specs regarding the chips are unknown at this stage.
"This is one of the biggest positive steps for the industry in the last few years. It shows that Samsung sets these very aggressive goals, and may not hit them exactly but will be very close," said Handel Jones, CEO at analyst firm International Business Strategies.
He added that it will be "hugely disruptive" if Samsung can achieve 10nm. µ
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