AMD has been working with TSMC for a number of years now, for both its Ryzen CPUs and Radeon GPUs. The relationship has been fruitful for both sides, however, having a second source for chip manufacturing can be very handy, particularly when combatting stock shortages. According to new reports, AMD is looking to secure a second foundry for chip production and apparently Samsung is the frontrunner.
According to a source from Korea, via leaker @harukaze5719 on Twitter, AMD is looking to increase production capacity by 50 percent. However, doing this at TSMC is proving difficult due to other customers reserving production lines.
To get around this, rumour has it that AMD is considering turning to Samsung for some of its APUs and GPUs. Nvidia is also currently a Samsung customer, with the RTX 30 series being based on Samsung’s 8nm process node.
AMD has not officially announced anything, but if this rumour holds its weight, we should have an update in the months to come.
KitGuru Says: A lot of tech companies are struggling with supply at the moment, so it isn’t surprising to hear that AMD might be looking to expand its list of production partners. Still, we have to take this with a grain of salt for the time being.