AMD CTO Phil Hester revealed during the company's Technology Analyst Day last month that AMD's next-gen CPU microarchitecture will arrive in mid-2007. However, DigiTimes says it has has word that desktop variants of the so-called "K8L" chips for Socket AM2 and AM3 won't become available until 2008. According to DigiTimes' moles at Taiwanese motherboard manufacturers, AMD will kick off its transition to 65nm process technology on the desktop with new Athlon 64 X2 3800+, 4200+, and 4600+ chips in the first quarter of 2007, and dual-core Semprons will follow later in the year. These sources suggest that desktop K8L chips won't show up until at least the beginning of 2008.
If true, AMD could be forced to compete against the Core 2 Duo with its current architecture throughout next year. Intel could also get a sizeable head start in the quad-core arena: an Intel representative let us know last month that the company's "Kentsfield" quad-core desktop chip is planned for the first quarter of next year. That said, AMD could still compete in the high-end desktop segment with its upcoming 4x4 enthusiast platform, which will allow two dual-core Athlon 64 FX processors to work in tandem on a single motherboard.
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