AMD to release more 45nm CPUs in 3Q '09By Justin Mann
AMD has been seriously behind the curve in process reduction compared to Intel. Even though they did manage to begin fabbing 45nm parts, they still only have a fairly limited selection, comprising the quad-core Phenom II X4 800 and 900 series as well as the triple-core Phenom II X3 700 series. That could change very soon, according to a recent report from DigiTimes, which claims AMD is planning to move all desktop CPU production over to the new process, starting in June with the dual-core Phenom II X2 500 series and the venerable Athlon II X2 200 chips.
New 45nm parts in the quad-core Athlon II X4 600 series and triple-core Athlon II X3 400 series should follow in September. The transition is expected to help AMD reduce manufacturing costs while making its processors more competitive from a price/performance standpoint. In the shorter term, however, during the period between the end of 2Q and 3Q, the company is set to launch a plethora of new processors, which will reportedly include no less than ten low-power Phenom IIs and Athlon IIs as well as 95W quad-core Phenom IIs.
If correct, this would mean most of AMD's upcoming offerings will launch just before Intel's planned release of three quad-core Nehalem derivatives, codenamed Lynnfield, in the third quarter of 2009 with prices ranging from $196 to $562 in 1,000-unit tray quantities.