AMD to ship 65nm desktop parts in December?


— 1:54 AM on May 15, 2006

Chinese site HKEPC claims to have received word (translate here) from a Taiwanese motherboard manufacturer about AMD's 65 nm shipping schedule. Allegedly, AMD will begin shipping its first desktop processors built on 65nm process technology as early as December of this year. However, the site claims initial shipments will be for the OEM market only, and that retail parts won't become available until early 2007. Code-named Brisbane, the 65 nm processors will reportedly be part of the Athlon 64 X2 line, with 4200+, 4400+, 4600+, and 4800+ models said to be due out first.

Following the 65 nm launch, HKEPC says AMD will continue producing faster Athlon 64 X2 5000+, 5200+, 5400+, as well as Athlon 64 FX-62 and FX-64 processors using 90 nm process technology. Those chips will reportedly run between 2.6 GHz and 3.0 GHz with either 512 KB or 1 MB of cache—a good 200 MHz to 600 MHz faster than the 2.4 GHz/1 MB X2 4800+. According to HKEPC's source, 65 nm and 90 nm parts will coexist for some time until AMD is able to convert the rest of its production facilities to the smaller process. In a press release last month, AMD said its new Fab 36 would be "substantially converted to 65nm production" by the middle of 2007.

 
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