AMD senior vice president and chief technology officer Mark Papermaster revealed the firm will fully switch from the existing SOI manufacturing process to 28nm bulk CMOS:
As for GPU manufacturing, AMD does not plan to make any changes. The current Southern Islands series already adopt Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC's) 28nm process, while its upcoming Sea Islands series will continue to adopt the same process. The Sea Islands series GPUs have already entered tape-out and should start manufacturing at the end of 2012 and will be announced in the first quarter of 2013.
Commenting about whether the Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) Foundation was formed to compete against Intel and Nvidia, Papermaster said that the company's cooperation with ARM is mainly to satisfy client demand for comprehensive functions and to allow quick product development, and is not founded to target any specific competitor.