AMD heading to 45nm in 2008

Written by Tim Smalley

May 4, 2007 // 10:09 a.m.

Tags: #45 #45nm #amd #hector #insulator #intel #k10 #manufacturing #nanometre #on #process #ruiz #silicon #soi

Even before AMD announces its next generation K10 architecture, AMD CEO Hector Ruiz started talking about his company's move to 45nm at a recent shareholder meeting.

Ruiz is quoted by The Inquirer as saying AMD "will introduce 45 nanometre chips in the middle of 2008." AMD's 45 nanometre node is believed to make use of silicon-on-insulator technology, much like all of the company's recent manufacturing processes.

Intel, on the other hand, will introduce its first 45 nanometre processors later this year, but the chip giant has yet to name a date. Rumours have suggested that the new Penryn processors, which are based on the new 45nm process, may be unveiled as early as July.

AMD also found itself defending its silence on upcoming products it is planning to release because, over the past few months, pressure has been mounting on AMD.

Consumers have been very vocal about this because AMD has been uncharacteristically quiet. Its fans want to know what is going on, as they've been waiting for new products ever since Intel introduced its Core 2 Duo processors last July. Ruiz said AMD would be more vocal in the future, but he also mentioned that it costs the company money to do that.

Are you waiting for K10, or are you waiting to see what happens with Penryn? Let us know in the forums.

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