Report: First 45nm Opterons to run at 2.3-2.7GHz

AMD executives have gotten awfully chatty about upcoming 45nm Opterons in recent days, but they're still keeping a relatively tight lid on the specifics—how many chips are coming out, what are their specs, and what's the exact launch date? DigiTimes has tapped its sources at server makers in an attempt to fill in the blanks, and it's gleaned several interesting details.

According to DigiTimes, AMD has told server makers the 45nm Opteron (a.k.a. Shanghai) launch will take place in mid-October. The story doesn't say whether this launch will involve immediate availability, but AMD did say last week that Shanghai-based servers will ship this quarter.

On the nitty-gritty side of things, DigiTimes says AMD will release nine 45nm, Socket F Opterons—five two-way models and four eight-way CPUs. These chips' clock speeds will range from 2.3GHz to 2.7GHz, and they'll only have HyperTransport 1.0 support. The report claims AMD won't introduce HT 3.0-capable Opterons until the second quarter of next year. That last part fits with AMD's official server roadmap, which calls for an HT 3.0-capable Fiorano platform in mid-2009.

Between the two launches, AMD plans to introduce seven new 45nm Opterons in February 2009. DigiTimes predicts that five of these CPUs will have 55W power envelopes and two of them will be "105W high-performance models." Again, these will all be two- and eight-way offerings, and they should work with existing servers after a BIOS update.

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