AMD speaks out on 45nm, Conroe
AMDZone has posted an interesting
interview with AMD public relations rep Damon Muzny. The interview
covers a lot of ground, from AMD's 65nm and 45nm plans to Intel's new
architecture, DDR3, and the upcoming dual-core Turion X2s. On new
process technologies, Muzny stresses that AMD is "on track" for 45nm
production by mid-2008, and that Fab 36 should be 50% converted to 65nm
production by early next year. Muzny also discusses Intel's PR moves
surrounding its upcoming Conroe chip and Core micro-architecture.
According to him, "every time [Intel] stress future products they are
simply admitting their current products aren't competitive so customers
shouldn't buy them." He adds that the company's "claims of future
architectural competitiveness largely assume AMD is standing still, and
[it's] not." It's an interesting take on the situation, although early
performance numbers do hint that AMD may not have anything to suitably
compete against Conroe until some time in the first half of next year.