AMD to make Fusion chips

Vendor will self-manufacture

A senior AMD executive says the chipmaker plans to manufacture the first of its upcoming Fusion chips itself, quashing speculation that the task would be outsourced.

The first Fusion processors will be made at AMD's chip plant in Dresden, Germany, says Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager of AMD's Graphics Products Group.

However, "There are some lower-end models that we're considering that we might use the fabless model for," Bergman says.

Due in late 2009, the Fusion chips will combine processor cores, a memory controller and graphics cores on a single piece of silicon. Current AMD processors have the processor cores and memory controller on the same chip.

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