A couple of months back, a flurry of reports suggested that AMD was gearing up to launch 45nm Phenom processors in early January 2009. The rumor mill later hinted that some 45nm Phenoms would actually appear in late 2008, but it never revealed a more precise time frame.
Today, DigiTimes claims to have gotten the scoop from insiders at motherboard manufacturers: AMD will introduce its first two 45nm Phenoms this month. The Phenom X4 20550 will run at 3GHz, and a slower Phenom X4 20350 will be clocked at 2.8GHz. We've already seen these two chips in a roadmap that popped onto the web in September, and if the information there is still accurate, both CPUs will feature 8MB of L3 cache and 125W thermal envelopes. Oh, and they'll fit into the same Socket AM2+ mobos as current Phenoms.
DigiTimes goes on to say six 45nm triple-core Phenoms will follow in the first quarter, and another six 45nm quad-core models will show up at some point in the future. For what it's worth, the September roadmap pegged the launches of Socket AM3 quad-core Phenoms in the first and second quarters. DigiTimes also predicts that 45nm dual-core Phenoms will ship in the third quarter of 2009.