64-Bit Demand Leads to New AMD FabBy Jeffrey Burt | Print
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Advanced Micro Devices has broken ground on a new 300-mm manufacturing facility in Dresden, Germany, to meet future demand for its 64-bit processors.Advanced Micro Devices Inc., fresh off of its announcement earlier this week that it had entered an alliance with Sun Microsystems Inc., said this morning that it had broken ground on a new 300-mm manufacturing facility in Dresden, Germany.
Fab 36, which will begin volume production in 2006 and will employ about 1,000 people, is the result of demand for AMD's 64-bit processors, Opteron and Athlon64, according to CEO Hector Ruiz.
"Positive customer response and increasing momentum for our AMD64 processors make it clear that the time is right to expand our manufacturing capacity in order to effectively meet future demand," Ruiz said in a prepared statement. "Our aggressive push into the enterprise computing market continues to gain traction, as evidenced by Sun's recent adoption of the AMD Opteron processor and the growing success of server and workstation solutions from IBM, Fujitsu Siemens and others."
Sun, of Santa Clara, Calif., will use Opteron in a line of low-cost two- and four-way Sun Fire servers that will begin shipping in early 2004.