45nm AMD chips coming in the 2nd quarter of 2008

Amidst rumors that Intel won't make its first 45nm processors available until the first quarter of 2008, AMD has told ExtremeTech that it intends to launch its first 45nm chips in the second quarter of 2008. AMD's new technology development and manufacturing head Douglas Grose said AMD's 45nm process is "very much ahead of schedule right now" and that "[AMD will] be producing early products probably in Q2 of 2008, with full production in the second half." Considering it has taken AMD more than a year to catch up with Intel on the 65nm front, releasing 45nm chips only a few months behind Intel would be a change of pace for the company. Of course, delays are always possible, and Intel's official word is still that it intends to ship 45nm chips some time in the second half of this year.
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