100MHz granularity, DDR2-800 for all

DailyTech has come across an AMD update that outlines minor upgrades 65nm processors will receive. Athlon 64 X2 and Sempron processors will be getting 65nm Fab process treatments. Single-core AMD Athlon products will remain on a 90nm Fab process with no foreseeable 65nm future. With the new 65nm Fab process AMD will be able to increase frequency increases of 100MHz increments unlike the 200MHz increments of current products. This will be interesting as AMD can theoretically abandon all 2x1MB parts in favor of 2x512KB parts with 100MHz frequency differences. DDR2-800 support will be brought to all 65nm processors including the Sempron. This should bring welcomed performance improvements to the AMD Sempron product lineup.

New 65nm products will be compatible with existing motherboards as long as proper BIOS are available to identify the new CPUID and take advantage of the new features. Production of 65nm AMD Athlon 64 X2 products are expected towards the end of the year in December. AMD Sempron processors will begin sampling in Q1’07 while production is expected to begin in Q2’07. All 65nm products will be Socket AM2 based only and remain based on AMD’s K8 architecture and are not related to AMD’s upcoming K8L architecture. As previously reported, AMD Athlon 64 FX products will continue to use a 90nm Fab process in the near future.

"Nowadays you can buy a CPU cheaper than the CPU fan." -- Unnamed AMD executive
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