AMD lays out roadmap for 65nm and 45nm CPU production

By Justin Mann on May 1, 2006, 12:33 PM
As I mentioned earlier, AMD recently talked about the transition to a 65nm process for their CPUs and reassured everyone that they are right on schedule. Set for development to begin later this year, we can expect to see actual AMD processors using 65nm in early 2007, and from there it's supposedly less than a year away from 45nm, a significant push(although some sources say it would be later, as later as 2008 for 45nm). However, to stay competitive with Intel, that is a must, with Intel already gearing up to deliver both 65nm and 45nm in the near future. As expected, the first CPUs off the line using 65nm will be X2 CPUs, so Opteron and single core may have to take a temporary back seat. All this will (theoretically) drive down the cost of dual cores, in Opterons, X2s and FX cpus, which is sorely needed with the cost of an X2 still in the $300 minimum range.

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DragonMaster said:
[quote]The new production technology will be using Germanium (SiGe).[/quote]At least it's not analog audio that's going in processors, Germanium was used in the early transistors and it sounded like cr*p.
mirob said:
SiGe is not even new to CPUs, Intel has used it in devolpment and found lower yields. AMD's clamed 30-40% increase in transister switching speed with thier 65nm process I'd guess it can give them as much as 20% increase in overall performance. With out high yeilds prices will still be too high, and performance too low. Hope IBM and AMD have worked out the problems and can make this competitive.
DragonMaster said:
[quote] Germanium was used in the early transistors and it sounded like cr*p.[/quote]Specifitacion : audio transistors.
seanp789 said:
looks like we will be moving to 45nm quite quickly.Keeping up the price of dual core isnt cost though, its greed. When Conroe is released this year I will bet a big price cut will be made by AMD.[Edited by seanp789 on 2006-05-03 16:06:30]
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