64-Bit Demand Leads to New AMD Fab
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 AMDs 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 Suns recent adoption of the AMD Opteron processor and the growing success of server and workstation solutions from IBM, Fujitsu Siemens and others."
At Comdex in Las Vegas, Sun and AMD announced a partnership in which Sun, starting early next year, will roll out a line of low-end Sun Fire servers powered by Opteron. The alliance will add fuel to Suns push into the low-end x86 space and give AMD, of Sunnyvale, Calif., a second major OEM partner to adopt Opteron. IBM earlier this year unveiled the eServer 325, an Opteron-based system aimed at the high-performance computing space. AMD is hoping Opteron will enable it to chip away at Intel Corp.s dominance in the enterprise server space.