Needless to say, such high-profile design wins might do wonders for AMD’s new chips and the company is keen to talk them up.
"It is a very, very proud moment," AMD’s Saeid Moshkelani told Games Industry. "They are very complex projects, very complex designs, and it doesn't happen overnight. It has been a journey of over two years in development to get to today."
Moshkelani stressed that AMD will have no trouble meeting demand for the custom chips, which comes as no surprise. TSMC’s 28nm process is mature and AMD has been using it to build GPUs for years. Besides, Jaguar has a relatively small die, making it cheap to build and ensuring good yields.
"From a manufacturing perspective, in a year we ship tens of millions of units," he replied. "So we have a very strong manufacturing base for our APUs and discrete graphics. We leverage the same manufacturing infrastructure to develop for game consoles. So the volumes were not something that actually raised an eyebrow for us, because we're already in high-volume manufacturing."
Although AMD’s custom APUs are very impressive, being true PC geeks we’re still waiting for the first laptops and nettops based on the new chips. We strongly feel that Jaguar will be AMD’s most competitive product in 2013 and beyond.