IBM and AMD reduce 65nm power consumption
ZDNet has details on two advances AMD and IBM have made towards reducing power consumption in CPUs built on 65nm technology. Both new design techniques appear to be further refinements of strained silicon and will reportedly make chips easier to manufacture by reducing the amount of germanium used. AMD currently plans to introduce 65nm CPUs in the second half of 2006. Despite early reports that it would open at 65nm, AMD's new Fab36 plant will initially roll out 300mm wafers using 90nm technology.