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Despite of delays of quad-core microprocessors produced using 45nm process technology, Intel Corp. is on track with the 45nm production ramp up plan and expects shipments volumes of products made using 45nm and 65nm fabrication technologies to crossover in the third quarter of the year.

“I did show that slide at the investor meeting and it shows a crossover [between 45nm and 65nm chips] in the third quarter and we are still on track to that and we are ramping as fast as we can. […] At this point in time, we’ve shipped in excess of 8 million units, so we are moving very quickly up the ramp curve,” said Paul Otellini, president and chief executive officer at Intel.

At present Intel has two 300mm fabs that produce chips using 45nm process technology – D1D in Hillsboro, Oregon, and Fab 32 in Chandler, Arizona. Two additional 45nm, 300mm manufacturing factories are scheduled to open this year in Kiryat Gat, Israel (Fab 28) and Rio Rancho, New Mexico (Fab 11x).

The transition to 45nm process technology is important for Intel as it allows to manufacture higher performance Intel Core 2 Duo and Quad processors at relatively low price. Moreover, successful ramp of 45nm fabrication process also ensures that Intel will be on track to ramp up manufacturing of microprocessors based on the next-generation micro-architecture code-named Nehalem.

With more than 50% of Intel processors being based on the latest Penryn micro-architecture in the third quarter, the largest maker of microprocessors in the world will have even more competitive chips, which is a serious threat for Advanced Micro Devices, who only plans to add one more AMD Phenom processor into lineup (model 9950, 2.60GHz) in Q3 before starting its transition to 45nm later during the year.

Intel on Tuesday announced record first-quarter revenue of $9.7 billion, operating income of $2.1 billion, net income of $1.4 billion and earnings per share (EPS) of 25 cents.

“Our first quarter results demonstrate a strengthening core business and a solid global market environment. We saw healthy demand for our leading-edge processors and chipsets across all segments. Looking forward, we remain optimistic about our growth opportunities as we continue to reap the benefits of our 45nm technology leadership,” said Mr. Otellini.

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If that's the case then why don't i have my e8400 yet even after 6 weeks???
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At least AMD has been on time with the b3 chips and you can actually PURCHASE one-even if they are slower than Intel's "phantom" 8000 series.
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Note to Intel CEO:

Just tell us when the 8-core Nehalems plan to ship for desktop PCs, which makes socket 775 obsolete.
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note to Intel CEO:

make a dual socket motherboard without need for special ram (:
add SLI support for extra flavour.
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Dear Users,
Screw yourselves, i'll do what's best for my company to continue growing through the following:
- shifting release times to screw with AMD/Users whenever possible.
- reselling crappy, high-end, useless products with no real benefits like the X48 platform.
- releasing the same product with different support level to core 2 duo processors like the 945G motherboards "800/1066/1333" with no clear details or whatsoever.
- marketing for my coming products through useless news for a year or more before the first release like nehalem.
- Going to crappy game companies and buy "INTEL, the way it is meant to be played" even when AMD was the performance crown holder.

This may seem stupid for most of you, but guess what?! it is working!!!! our profits in 2007 hit the ceiling and i am very pleased and honored to deliver this news for you guys.

And again, screw yourselves ... HARD, with a spoon or something.

sincerely,
Intel CEO
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That would have been humorous if it wasn't for the piss poor sentence structure.
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only place I know without 45nm Intel CPUs is the UK, everywhere else has em.
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