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Athlon 64 X2 gets the 65nm treatment

AMD today announced its long-awaited 65nm Brisbane core Athlon 64 X2 processors. This begins AMD’s transition to 65nm from 90nm. AMD expects to transition its complete product lineup to 65nm in mid-2007. Nevertheless, four Brisbane core Athlon 64 X2 processors are launching today—the 5000+, 4800+, 4400+, and 4000+. All 65nm Brisbane core processors are equipped with 2x512KB of L2 cache.

AMD Athlon 64 X2 Brisbane 
L2 Cache
TDP Pricing
5000+ 2.6 GHz 2x512KB 65W
4800+ 2.5 GHz 2x512KB 65W $271
4400+ 2.3 GHz 2x512KB 65W $214
4000+ 2.1 GHz 2x512KB 65W

With Brisbane, AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processors equipped with 2x1MB of L2 cache will become a thing of the past as AMD completes its 65nm transition. While AMD has announced its Brisbane core 65nm processors, the processors only available in limited quantities. Expect mass availability in Q1’2007.

OEMs are expected to deliver Brisbane powered systems as well. These OEMs include Acer, Dell, Founder, Gateway, HP, Lenovo, Packard Bell and TongFang. Dell is expected to adopt Brisbane 65nm processors in its Optiplex and Dimension desktops while Acer is expected to have Brisbane powered Aspire systems too.

Pricing for Brisbane 65nm processors start at $169 for the 4000+ and goes up to $301 for the 5000+ in quantities of 1000. Do note that Brisbane core processors are still K8 based and not K8L like the upcoming Stars core processors.

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By kenyee on 12/5/2006 2:47:09 PM , Rating: 3
Googled for a while w/ no luck.
AMD has a hard enough problem supplying anyone w/ X2 chips since they started letting Dell use their chips...

They might as well announce 45nm chips since those can't be bought either :-P

By Viditor on 12/5/2006 8:14:07 PM , Rating: 3
Googled for a while w/ no luck have to understand what "shipping" means...
Just like with Conroe and every other chip, shipping means that they are sending chips to the OEMs so they can start to build systems.
For example, Conroe started "shipping" about a month before you could actually buy one.

Shipping = sending to OEMs for pre-build, usuall means that they will have availability within a month

Volume Production = starting large scale production. Usually means that you will have availability within 4-7 months.

Launch = This one varies quite a bit, but it is SUPPOSED to mean that product is now available...

By Khato on 12/6/2006 2:01:23 AM , Rating: 2
Judging from the AMD press release, I think they're trying to call this a 'launch'.

Launching the next generation of energy-efficient computing, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the transition to 65nm process technology, beginning with the immediate availability of energy-efficient AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 dual-core desktop processors.

I'd imagine that a 'shipping' press release would look more like this:,,7832_8366_7595...

As for conroe, they were available on the date of launch. I fail to see any Intel press release stating shipment for revenue a month prior to launch date, so am unsure what you're referring to.

By Viditor on 12/6/2006 4:04:42 AM , Rating: 2
As for conroe, they were available on the date of launch. I fail to see any Intel press release stating shipment for revenue a month prior to launch date, so am unsure what you're referring to

With the exception of a handful of early samples, Conroes could not be purchased (either in OEM boxes or at retailers) on their announced launch date (July 27). Most large suppliers had between 10 and 50 chips in total (when their usual supply is in the 1000's).
Quantities didn't show up until mid-late August...

By Khato on 12/6/2006 12:10:01 PM , Rating: 2
Heh, I fail to see how there being availability only from large retailers/OEMs negates the fact that they were available. As for the quantity those customers had, it may have been low as claimed on the 27th, only someone in distribution/getting information from such a person would know.

I do know that it took until mid-late September actually before the channel had adequate inventory. Which I'd say is an indication of just how high demand was.

By mino on 12/7/2006 12:44:28 AM , Rating: 2
Actually the demand was NOT as high as expected. Mostly thanks to AMD price cuts the market did not start shifting volume to Intel, instead continued, and continues yet, to shift volume to AMD. That is also the reason for AMD X2 shortages.

Until Intel moves completely to CMW architecture, it will be Intel filing up the slack from what AMD could not supply. Around that time K8L will be around ans it will be a completely new game from the start.

By Khato on 12/7/2006 1:38:25 AM , Rating: 2
Nice perception on reality there.

The market segment you're describing is the low end, where it's netburst based pentium and celeron versus AMD sempron/athlon64/athlonX2. In the low end, you're quite correct that Intel is filling in what AMD can't provide (have to get rid of excess inventory somewhere >.<) But excess netburst will be gone around the time of the core based pentium/celeron introduction, and then we'll have to see how the market reacts.

As to K8L, well, I'm looking forward to the surprise.

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