Aiming to place the last of the rumors to rest, AMD has gone on record and has clearly stated that the company doesn't intend to enlist the services of a third foundry.
At present, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company and Globalfoundries make chips for the Sunnyvale, California-based company.
Even so, though, 28nm chips aren't in great supply, which is a problem if the release of Kabini and Temash/Tamesh will really happen six months earlier
Nevertheless, AMD does not see how it could go about adding a third foundry partner even though UMC, at least, could provide some previous-generation technology-based shipments at low prices.
"Today, we have a foundry relationship with two industry leaders in the space. [...] We also said in the past that the number of foundries we can support or can support us is also a function of the overall size the company has. With the size that we have today, it is difficult to see that we could add a third partner," said Thomas Seifert, chief financial officer of AMD, during quarterly conference call with financial analysts.