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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Check the AMD FAQs
12/13/2006 1:46:27 AM
It says quite plainly that current 65nm chips are OEM only parts...
"AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processors 4000+, 4400+, 4800+ and 5000+ are now available and shipping to OEM and system builder customers. OEMS offering systems immediately and in Q1 of 2007 based on the 65nm AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processors include leading OEMs including Dell and HP, as well as more than 40 leading system builders worldwide"
RE: Check the AMD FAQs
12/13/2006 2:13:54 AM
BTW Kris, this probably also explains why:
"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"
It seems that the channel is going to have to wait for the OEMs...
This does make sense as the real advantage of Brisbane over 90nm is the power draw, and that's much less important for the channel than it is for OEMs (with the exception of OCers).
RE: Check the AMD FAQs
12/13/2006 2:45:58 AM
I agree with all your points.
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