AMD delays 0.09-micron volume production
AMD has delayed a transition to 0.09-micron process technology until the third quarter of next year. Previously, the company had expected 0.09-micron chips to ship in volume in the first half of the year. EE Times reports:
There has been a "two or three month slip" for the volume ramp of the 90-nm process, he said during a conference call with analysts. The AMD executive also outlined the company's 300-mm plans. As reported, the company set plans to build a 300-mm, 65-nm fab in Germany. Production is set for 2006.
AMD apparently has a prototype 0.09-micron Opteron system on display at Comdex, though they haven't been letting anyone crack open the case to take a closer look at the processors. Considering Intel's well-publicized problems with heat dissipation for its 0.09-micron Prescott processor, AMD's attempt at a process shrink may be encountering similar difficulties.