No 45nm Intel chips coming until early 2008?

Last week, Intel boasted that it would ship 45nm mobile, desktop, and server processors in the second half of this year. However, according to The Inquirer, the company has made some changes to its plans, and now the chips won't become available until the first quarter of 2008. The folks at DailyTech think this "delay" might not actually be a change at all, and that Intel might have been talking about shipping in 2007 in much the same way AMD talked about shipping 65nm processors in 2006. Nonetheless, AMD expects to launch its 65nm quad-core processors in the middle of this year, so Intel will have to compete against those chips with its Kentsfield and Clovertown processors for at least a few months. AMD may even win back the performance crown for a while if there's any truth to its claims about Barcelona being 40% faster than Intel's quad-core Xeons.
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