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Advancing Innovation In Markham

McGuinty Government Supports Revolutionary Computer Design That Creates Jobs

Ontario is helping a global technology design company in Markham to create new processors that could revolutionize how we use computers.

The Canadian operations of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) will merge high-performance computer and graphics processors that excel at processing multimedia, like video or 3D games, onto a single silicon die.  Over the course of this five-year project, AMD will retain 537 high-value jobs at its Markham facility, while creating 100 jobs.

AMD fusion processors will set new standards for performance, use less power for exceptional battery life and enable breakthrough capabilities for an entire range of computing devices.

This could solidify Markham as a hub for graphics and media processing, which is a cornerstone of the digital entertainment industry.

Quick Facts

  • AMD is investing approximately $376.4 million over five years in this project, while Ontario will contribute $56.4 million.
  • AMD operates facilities in 32 countries worldwide with more than 10,000 employees. Its Canadian facility in Markham has a staff of approximately 1,600.

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“With our government's support, AMD will seek to revolutionize personal computing, relying on Ontario's highly skilled and educated workforce. The computer and digital gaming industries are tremendously important to our economy and hold immense potential for the province - creating high-value jobs and cluster expertise.”

Sandra Pupatello

Minister of Economic Development and Trade

“We welcome this significant investment in Markham, which means that high-value jobs will stay in our community. AMD is a global industry leader and the fact that they chose Ontario for this enormous project speaks volumes about our skilled workforce and competitive business environment.”

Michael Chan

MPP for Markham-Unionville

“The next era of computing will be defined by technologies that enable the most vivid digital experiences imaginable, and AMD Fusion™ processors will be a game-changer. Ontario's grant will help preserve jobs in the critical technology sector, strengthen the regional innovation economy and make this next era of computing a reality.”

Dirk Meyer

President and CEO, AMD

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