So Where are AMD's 65nm Chips? Here's Some New 90nm Ones, Kinda
December 12, 2006 5:06 PM
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Relax, we know AMD well
Several months ago, I was fairly
for stating that AMD would not have a 65nm processor this year. Internal roadmaps showed the
65nm desktop processors would launch on December 5th, 2006. Yet almost every contact I had spoken to in the supply chain -- from the engineers to the distributors -- unanimously claimed there was virtually no chance the company would ship a 65nm product this year.
Of course, this follows after the open criticism we received for claiming
Socket 754 would outlast Socket 939
, AMD would
cut pricing on X2s the day after
, AMD would discontinue
half of its X2 lineup
K8L would ship on the desktop in H2'07
. Almost one year to the date after
's inception, I think our track record is looking pretty good right now.
Here we are, a week after the supposed 65nm AMD launch, and yet there is not a chip on the market. Instead, AMD today quietly slipped in the new Stepping "F3" Athlon 64 X2s, the
we also put on our roadmaps
. Originally these chips were slated to hit distributors even before the 65nm
chips, but it seems as though even this estimate was over-optimistic.
With the upcoming holidays and the chaos that ensues, it would be fairly safe to say that even if these new processors show up on Newegg (or Dell, as AMD initially said all
chips will be for OEM customers only) tomorrow, consumers will have no chance to buy any
Granted, in 2007 we're still going to see some awesome 65nm stuff from AMD. The native quad-core
will still dominate the majority of AMD/Intel processor headlines -- even before the chip launches you can be assured
will have one of the first samples.
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RE: Where are 65nm AMD chips?
12/12/2006 11:11:10 PM
And the consumer rejoices that AMD can save money. Maybe they can cut us a check.
RE: Where are 65nm AMD chips?
12/13/2006 10:55:04 AM
If it really does make CPUs cheaper for AMD to manufacture, I think in the end it will also means cheaper CPUs for us. AMD is now being beaten by Intel if you only look at it from a performance point of view.
All they still have now is a chance to get the higher hand in the price war. So if they're able to produce new CPUs at lower cost, this logic would imply that they're going to lower the price on them too.
That is, if they don't want to lose the ground they gained this last couple of years.
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