Will Sun's rock chip go the way of HD-DVD?
Sun Microsystems' long, wafer-wrapped embrace with TI will start coming to a close. Earlier today, Sun announced that TSMC will manufacture future versions of its UltraSPARC processors. TI will hang on as Sun's foundry through the 65nm generation of processors, which includes Sun's upcoming Rock server chip. TSMC will then …
The DSP’s that Ti makes do not see any improvements below 32-nm. This is one reason why Ti is not going to further refine the manufacturing process. There are some parts that would see improvements but their core business would not. This was announced sometime ago.
So, basically, Sun couldn't present a good enough commercial argument that would convince TI to invest in new fab plants. Sounds like another nail in Rock's coffin.
PS: For a moment, I though the headline read "Sun decides T1's not so ab fab" ;)
Where have you been? TI announced last year that they were closing the Kilby fab. From what I read from the pundits, it looked like TI was going fabless. If they are fabless, what does Sun need them for. Just another case of shipping technology overseas.
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