AMD may get into the business of manufacturing chipsets after it opens a new chip factory in 2006. For the most part, chipsets for AMD’s processors are currently designed by partners such as Nvidia, ATI, and Via. AMD has previously said that it is not interested in building its own companion processor-chipset products like those made by its Intel but AMD is not opposed to deeper ties with chipset partners that could involve manufacturing agreements. Right now, AMD does not plan to start developing its own chipset products for the mass market. AMD will have the capability to take on additional manufacturing work between late 2006 and early 2007, after a new state-of-the-art chip fabrication plant, or “fab,” ramps up to full production in Dresden, Germany, adjacent to a current AMD fab.

AMD may get into the business of manufacturing chipsets after it opens a new chip factory in 2006. For the most part, chipsets for AMD’s processors are currently designed by partners such as Nvidia, ATI, and Via. AMD has previously said that it is not interested in building its own companion processor-chipset products like those made by its Intel but AMD is not opposed to deeper ties with chipset partners that could involve manufacturing agreements. Right now, AMD does not plan to start developing its own chipset products for the mass market. AMD will have the capability to take on additional manufacturing work between late 2006 and early 2007, after a new state-of-the-art chip fabrication plant, or “fab,” ramps up to full production in Dresden, Germany, adjacent to a current AMD fab.