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Advanced Micro Devices will start revenue shipments of its processors produced using 65nm process technology in late 2006 to its customers among system makers, on Monday reported a Chinese web-site. The new chips, however, are not expected to be available for retail customers.

A news-story published by HKEPC web-site suggests that in the fourth quarter of the year AMD will start commercial shipments of its first 65nm Athlon 64 X2 chip models 4200+ (2.20GHz, 1MB of cache [512KB per core]), 4400+ (2.20GHz, 2MB of cache [1MB per core]),  4600+ (2.40GHz, 1MB of cache [512KB per core]), and 4800+ (2.40GHz, 2MB of cache [1MB per core]), designed for socket AM2 infrastructure to system integrators. The web-site calls the chips as Brisbane, while earlier AMD’s chips with different cache sizes had different code-names. If the report is correct and there is no separate name for chips featuring 1MB of level-two cache (512KB per core), it means that AMD will disable part of the cache on certain chips.

While thinner process technology allows to increase clock-speed potential and/or pack additional circuitries into a processor, the first batch of AMD64 processors produced at 65nm will not be top-of-the-range products, which is inline with AMD’s strategy in transition to more advanced fabrication processes. The company first produces performance-mainstream or mobile chips – that have relatively conservative clock-speeds – using a new process technology.

The web-site claims that by late 2006 the world’s second largest maker of x86 chips will introduce number of new processors in order to fight against Intel’s Core 2 chips in the desktop market. AMD Athlon 64 FX-62 (2.80GHz, 2MB L2 cache in total) and AMD Athlon 64 5000+ (2.60GHz, 1MB L2 cache in total) are expected to be introduced within weeks from now, but by late Q4 the company’s lineup will include AMD Athlon 64 FX-64 (3.0GHz, 2MB L2 cache in total), AMD Athlon 64 5200+ (2.60GHz, 2MB L2 cache in total) as well as 5400+ (2.80GHz, 1MB L2 cache in total).

Fab 36 remains on track to begin 65nm production shipments in the second-half of this year, and be substantially converted to 65nm production by mid-2007, according to a recent statement by AMD. However, end-users who buy from local computer makers or assemble computers themselves, will not be able to purchase AMD’s 65nm processors in retail until Q1 2007.

In its news-story HKEPC also mentioned that AMD has no plans for single-core Athlon 64 processors made using 65nm process technology. It is unclear, whether the firm will make its single-core Sempron chips using thinner manufacturing process.

AMD did not comment on the news-story.

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And who is going to buy those?
Correct! No one...
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Agreed.

You would think lagging behind Intel by so much in the move to 65nm, they would have it refined enough they could offer substantially better clock speeds than the current products. They are essentially where Intel was with their 65nm process, while Intel will be converted to the newer, much more efficient process even before AMD comes out with their crude first run at 65nm. Somehow I was hoping that AMD was delayng the transition to 65nm because they were waiting for a substantial improvement over 90nm, like Intel's second iteration will be. Guess it's yet another disappointment from AMD. They need to can Hector "The Jackass" Ruiz before he buries the company further.
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All we know is the speeds these are selling at - not the capable clock speeds these CPUs can be may have headroom for. Overclockers can find out just how much headroom AMD's 65nm CPUs have, but for now... all we have are these specs to stare at. You can't conclude that AMD's 65nm process is a failure *now* when we don't even know what its going to bring us.
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You know, there is a coorelation of what speeds they sell them at and what they are capable of. Do you really think AMD would underclock their processors considering that the Conroe is going to rape them when it comes out, and they will be out when these are made? AMD will have to squeeze every last bit of performance just to sell any of their obsolete processors. They are not going to underclock

I wouldn't categorize it as a failure, but more as a disappointment. It will be better than the 90nm in some measurements, so it is not a failure. But, I was hoping for more, like it would be a mature 65nm line, not an immature one like Intel's current one.
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