AMD launching first 45nm chips on Thursday

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Intel’s launch of the new Nehalem architecture isn’t the only news coming out in the land of the microprocessor.  AMD is launching its first chips built on the 45nm process — something Intel’s been doing for a year — this week.  Before you get your wallets out, however, the new chips are geared towards the server market, not traditional desktops. 

Despite the recent trouncing the chipmaker has been getting in both the media and the marketplace, the server arena is one that AMD has always been competitive against Intel.  Their chips are known for their power efficiency and stability, and these new opterons will likely be no different.   While it’s taken AMD much longer than Intel to begin manufacturing chips on the 45nm process, the architecture built on the process is very much cutting edge.  AMD has brought many firsts to the CPU world, from popularizing 64-bit chips to the first native quad-core, to moving the memory controller on-die for enhanced performance.

AMD also released a (very) few details about its new Phenom II processors, the successor to the current line, which are launching in the beginning of next year.  Built on the new 45nm process, the chips are rumored to be bringing fairly advanced graphics capabilities to the core of the machine, making this an exciting release indeed.  We’ll be closing out this week with a final overview of the current line of desktop processors from Intel, so don’t forget to stop back.


Further reading:

EETimes has an article detailing the architectural changes with the new Shanghai processors

via cnet



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