Advanced Micro Devices late Thursday will hold a press briefing to announce it has selected United Microelectronics Corp. of Taiwan as its long-awaited foundry partner to make microprocessor chips.
The announcement ends weeks of speculation after AMD President Hector Ruiz two weeks ago said a foundry would be named this quarter.
AMD so far provided no details of what the foundry agreement will include or what chips UMC may make for the processor firm. Because Ruiz two weeks ago highlighted the need for a foundry partner to have advanced top-of-the-line technology, UMC could be tapped to make some of AMD's high end Athlon processors, as well as value-end Durons.
UMC would likely pick up Duron production, as AMD is transitioning its Duron Fab 25 in Austin into making flash memories.
Analysts will also be eager to see how big a role UMC may play in future AMD processor production, and whether that might supplant the U.S. firm's previous plans to build a new costly 300mm wafer fab. On the other hand, some speculated that UMC could be the 300mm partner that AMD was seeking for its next generation fab.