AMD could end up a year behind Intel in the race to 45nm desktop processors, if Chinese tech site HKEPC is to be believed. Using information from its various sources, the site has compiled a roadmap of release time frames for AMD's unreleased Phenom processors, and that roadmap suggests 45nm Phenoms will only start appearing in the fourth quarter. For reference, Intel launched its first quad-core 45nm desktop chip, the 3GHz Core 2 Extreme QX9650, last October.
HKEPC's roadmap also includes details about 65nm chips. Supposedly, we'll have to wait until the third quarter before AMD releases a 2.6GHz Phenom. Folks waiting for the 2.4GHz part will be forced to bide their time until May or June, as will those expecting triple-core Phenoms based on the TLB erratum-free B3 stepping. Even triple-core Phenoms based on the B2 stepping have been pushed back, HKEPC says, adding that they're now due in March.
Those schedules partially contradict the latest information we got from AMD three weeks ago. In early January, AMD told us it would introduce its first triple-core Phenoms in the first quarter, followed by 2.4GHz and 2.6GHz quad-core Phenoms in the second quarter. Regarding the 45nm schedule, AMD COO Dirk Meyer and CEO Hector Ruiz contradicted each other last month, respectively saying that the 45nm ramp was due in the first and second halves of this year.