Is AMD having trouble with voltage at 65nm?
The folks at AMD are facing some hurdles
with their 65nm process technology, according to a story by The
Inquirer. AMD is reportedly finding it difficult to hit required clock
speeds with the desired amount of power. The story says stock voltage
for the chips is supposed to be 1.1V, but the AMD guys are forced to
kick this value up to 1.4V to reach the clock speeds they need. That
kind of voltage boost can increase power consumption by a whopping 62%.
Nevertheless, AMD does have a few months to tune its process before its
first 65nm processors are expected to make it to store shelves. Also, going by an older report
from HKEPC, these first 65nm chips should
only be clocked at 2.2GHz and 2.4GHz, which could give AMD more time
to refine its process before cranking up clock frequencies.