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AMD is facing supply shortages with its Radeon RX Vega graphics cards

By Koh Wanzi - on 28 Aug 2017, 11:54am

AMD is facing supply shortages with its Radeon RX Vega graphics cards

AMD Radeon RX Vega 64

AMD’s Radeon RX Vega graphics cards represent the company’s long-awaited return to the high-end GPU space, but there may be a few more hurdles to clear yet.

According to Taiwan’s DigiTimes, there have been supply shortages of components caused by technical difficulties such as low packaging yield rates, due in part to the difficulty of integrating High Bandwidth Memory into the GPU.

This makes the packaging process more challenging, so yield rates are lower than expected.

That said, other sources also claim that the problems are a result of issues with Advanced Semiconductor Engineering’s (ASE) packaging technology.

Vega GPUs are manufactured on GlobalFoundries’ 14nm FinFET manufacturing process and integrated with HBM2 memory from SK Hynix and Samsung Electronics, but ASE handles the packaging.

In addition, AMD says that demand for the Radeon RX Vega 64 has outstripped its expectations, and that it is working with its add-in board partners to properly meet customer demand. However, the shortages are expected to persist until October, given that most retailers will get only a small number of cards.

On NVIDIA’s end, the company has said that it will only release Volta in 2018, given that Pascal is still very competitive with Vega.

Source: DigiTimes

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