Sunday, February 5, 2023

GlobalFoundries will no longer be the sole supplier for AMD’s 12nm and 14nm nodes

The global semiconductor crisis has gripped the CPU and GPU manufacturers and has made them waiting in line to get their hands on chips to manufacture their silicon’s. According to recent sources, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has amended its agreement with GlobalFoundries Inc.

AMD sources chips manufactured on the 12nm and 14nm process nodes from Global Foundries for the unknown. The rest of the company’s products are manufactured by the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).

GlobalFoundries is one of two chipmakers currently operating in the United States. However, it does not manufacture semiconductors on the leading-edge 7nm and 5nm process nodes. As a result, most of the semiconductor bulk is concentrated on the Asian continent. TSMC and Samsung have absolute control over the sector globally, with U.S. chip giant Intel Corporation racing to catch up.


According to the Amended and Restated Seventh Amendment to the Wafer Supply Agreement shared by AMD, GlobalFoundries will no longer be its exclusive supplier for the 12nm and 14nm nodes.

Specifically, the amendment reads,

Specifically, GF agreed to a minimum annual capacity allocation to the Company for 2022, 2023, and 2024. The A&R Seventh Amendment also removes all prior exclusivity commitments and provides the Company with full flexibility to contract with any wafer foundry concerning all products manufactured at any technology node.

Accordingly, AMD will pre-pay GlobalFoundries for some of the products that it will purchase over the next few years. The pre-payment will cover the products that AMD has agreed to buy from GlobalFoundries between 2022 and 2024; however, it will not pay all of the cost beforehand.

AMD has not stated any precise number for the shortfall amount, but it highlighted that it would purchase roughly $1.6 billion of wafers from GlobalFoundries from 2022 to 2024.

Further, the Company and GF agreed to price and new annual wafer purchase targets for years 2022, 2023, and 2024, and the Company agreed to pre-pay GF certain amounts for those wafers in 2022 and 2023. If the Company does not meet the annual wafer purchase target for any of these years, the Company will be required to pay GF a portion of the difference between the actual wafer purchases and the wafer purchase target for that year. The Company currently estimates that it will purchase approximately $1.6 billion of wafers from GF for the years 2022 to 2024 under the A&R Seventh Amendment.


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Nivedita Bangari
Nivedita Bangari
I am a software engineer by profession and technology is my love, learning and playing with new technologies is my passion.


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