Spending Billions Is Fun, Let’s Do It Again
AMD finally announced that it planned to refurbish Fab 30 about a week ago. Nothing bizarre about that, there’s numerous advantages to such a move.
What is bizarre are some folks in New York State claiming that AMD wants to build a fab there, too.
Let’s see. In one week, the real and/or rumor mill has AMD:
That’s $10.5 billion. That’s a lot of money, and that doesn’t even count the bridge I’m trying to sell them.
Unless Intel is going to roll over and hand AMD billions of dollars to settle the lawsuit really soon, I think we can dismiss item two pretty easily, and preclude item three because of item one.
Let’s point out a few things about this New York State site:
Enough money can conquer all, of course, but from the news accounts, it doesn’t quite sound like the New York legislators have all their ducks in a row (and the incentives aren’t exactly jaw-dropping, either), which is not what AMD needs right now. They have to start doing something now for 2008, not 2009 or 2010.
Perhaps this talk is about the successor to Fab 38. If so, we’ll see in the next few weeks.
Just as likely, though, any discussions between AMD and New York State was (or maybe still is) a way to get the maximum financial benefit from the Germans.