AMD shows off 45nm wafers at CeBIT

Despite recent setbacks in its microprocessor business, AMD appears to be making progress. Yesterday, we learned that the company has started shipping samples of TLB erratum-free, revision B3 quad-core Opteron processors to partners, and that the first servers based on the chips are scheduled for early in the second quarter. Today at the ongoing CeBIT trade show in Germany, AMD gave members of the press their first sneak peek at its forthcoming 45nm processors.

The peek involved wafers and actual working systems, and AMD is flaunting pictures of 45nm chip dies on its website (see our image gallery below). AMD says it demonstrated both its "Shanghai" server core, which will show up in 45nm quad-core Opterons, and its "Deneb" desktop core, which will appear in quad-core Phenoms. In a Q&A document (PDF) on its press page, AMD says it’s on track to ramp production of 45nm CPUs in the first half of this year and to have 45nm processors available in the second half of the year. "Shanghai" and "Deneb" will be the first to make use of the new process technology, AMD adds.

The statement regarding 45nm ramps suggests AMD hasn’t changed its schedule recently, despite what CEO Hector Ruiz suggested during AMD’s fourth-quarter financial results conference call. Ruiz then said he was looking forward to the 45nm ramp taking place in the second half of the year (although he was later contradicted by President and COO Dirk Meyer). According to recent reports on rumor sites, 45nm Phenoms may show up as early as the third quarter of this year.

Update: AMD did also show systems running its 45nm quad-core chips at the show. Apologies for the confusion.

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    • pogsnet
    • 12 years ago
    • rivieracadman
    • 12 years ago

    #10 AMD demonstrated both systems and wafers. They had Denebs working at the booth, and a lot of product information.

    §[<http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news/2008/03/05/amd-shows-45nm<]§

    • kilkennycat
    • 12 years ago

    A fancy diffraction grating does not make a processor.

    Seems a little odd that we have not heard a squeak about the process technology used in the AMD 45nm, especially with regard to combating leakage current. Also even odder that AMD have not publicly demonstrated any working samples of their 45nm CPUs. Remember that Intel publicly demonstrated fully working samples of Penryn on January 27, 2007 with shipment of the first desktop production Penryn (QX9650) at the end of October 2007.

    Considering that Intel is THE production power-house for high-volume CPU-type silicon and AMD currently has shown no working 45nm silicon, I doubt if any AMD 45nm processors will be shipped in high volume before the end of 2008. A few 45nm Opterons to workstation vendors maybe, but that is all……..

      • cegras
      • 12 years ago

      Speculation on speculation. FUD moar, plox.

        • lycium
        • 12 years ago

        urgh, 4chan-speek doesn’t belong on tr

      • dragmor
      • 12 years ago

      AMD has some 45nm chips running at CeBIT on 780G boards.

      • tinyfusion
      • 12 years ago

      AMD’s 45 nm coming chips doesn’t use Hi-k metal gate technology like Intel has been doing. As a result, it is said its power consumption is only 15% lower than 65 nm parts. This may suggest their 3 Ghz quad-core CPUs may not be coming any time soon.

      • Flying Fox
      • 12 years ago

      AMD simply does not do these public demos. At least there are some demo systems so they have “running samples” instead of just Power Point slides. As for process tech this is CeBIT, not ISSCC. Most of the tech is probably covered by IBM already.

      They may not be shipping in volume, but at least they are shipping. So it’s still better than nothing. There have been rumours flying around about them not getting any 45nm chips out the door at all this year.

      • Saribro
      • 12 years ago
    • Hattig
    • 12 years ago

    Is that 4MB of L3 or 6MB?

      • Saribro
      • 12 years ago

      6, judging from the tags

    • wingless
    • 12 years ago

    AMD is on track to get back on track. Good to hear. I can’t wait for the new F@H client at the end of March and the new R7XX based GPUs to come later.

      • moritzgedig
      • 12 years ago

      I’ll get a low-end AM2 processor and a 3850 for my new folding-machine.
      in 1.Q 09 I’ll get a phenom for it and make it my gaming machine.
      right now I don’t see a benefit in getting a phenom over a core2 duo, nor does it take a quad for a GPU cruncherbox.

    • Mr Bill
    • 12 years ago

    Gotta love features so small, you can use the chip die as a diffraction grating, beautiful!

    • Mourmain
    • 12 years ago

    There are 4300 x 3000 pixel versions at §[<http://www.amd.com/us-en/0,,3715_15503,00.html?redir=45nm01<]§

    • blobert
    • 12 years ago

    Best wallpapers ever!

      • Peldor
      • 12 years ago

      The earlier Phenom press photo was better than these IMO. (The third one is pretty good.)

      TR used a green background shot but DT has a high res white-background version here:

      §[<http://www.dailytech.com/AMD+Unveils+Barcelona+Architecture/article6299.htm<]§

      • provoko
      • 12 years ago

      Thanks TR, those are awesome photos! I would have never even thought of going to the link to grab photos.

    • Saribro
    • 12 years ago

    Lovely die photos.

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