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UMC will be producing Athlons in 2003

It has at last become clear when UMC (United Microelectronics Corporation), Taiwanese AMD partner, will start Athlon production. Richard Heye, AMD vice president for platform and processor infrastructure development, has specified plans, according to which Athlon production should have been started in Taiwan in H2 2002.

So, the production has been moved to 2003. According to AMD representative, the delay is tied to the re-dating of 8-generation chip production launch on AMD fsb in Dresden. Currently, Fab 30 lines are being equipped for Hammer and Barton-based Athlons.

As soon as the 0.13-micron process technology is ready for K8 chips volume production, Fab 30 will start making only 64-bit processors, and the position of 32-bit chip maker will be free. Though, Richard Heye has also specified that UMC will start making chips for AMD before 2002 year-end.

Source: The DigiTimes

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