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DigiTimes reports ATI is expecting to produce 45nm products at TSMC in 2008. There’s no mention as to what products will make the transition to the 45nm fabrication first, though it wouldn’t be too surprising to see ATI manufacturer RD790 on a 45nm process.

TSMC released details earlier this year on its 45nm process, revealing some of the challenges faced with the shrink. The 2008 timeframe set by ATI falls in-line with AMD's plans to move to 45nm for its processors, though Intel may reach the 45nm mark first by 2007.

At a press conference last week, ATI confirmed that the yields from the 80nm process are stable, and plans to move the rest of its graphics lineup over to 80nm in the first half of 2007.

ATI currently produces much of its product line on the 90nm process. One of the benefits of moving from 90nm to 80nm is that production costs are reduced by 10-15%, according to ATI. The reduction in cost comes from the fact that more chips can be produced at 80nm than 90nm on a single 300mm wafer.

Currently, ATI only has one 80nm GPU—the Radeon X1950 Pro. A second 80nm product in the form of the RV560 Radeon X1650XT is expected to arrive before the end of the month.
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Whoa, getting tiny. I don't want my GPU to have a smaller process type though...just doesn't seem right.
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08, lol thats 1 years and 2 months from now, thats too long
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08, lol thats 1 years and 2 months from now, thats too long
Do you realise how long it has taken to go from 90nm to 65? About four years I think
    
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This is long overdue as these bloody video cards are taking up way too much power and the cooling is getting rediculous. This needs to happen by Q107 really as I'm not about to go out and get a 1000Watt powersupply for my computer, sorry, I'd rather just get a Wii and put an X300 in my computer. This power consumption is insane.
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This is long overdue as these bloody video cards are taking up way too much power and the cooling is getting rediculous. This needs to happen by Q107 really as I'm not about to go out and get a 1000Watt powersupply for my computer, sorry, I'd rather just get a Wii and put an X300 in my computer. This power consumption is insane.
Don't talk crazy now!
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Well the G80 is a beast for power and I doubt the X2k series of ATI's are going to be any better, 1KW doesn't seem far out and I really dont like having my computer consumer more power then a Oven!
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Yay... then maybe we can have GPU's that actually use less power than the CPU's
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Originally Posted by Mootsfox
Whoa, getting tiny. I don't want my GPU to have a smaller process type though...just doesn't seem right.
A smaller transistor has no negative ramifications, but has many beneficial ones. A smaller transistor will take less current to turn on/off and will generate less heat as a result of this. Bottomline, the smaller...the better.
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Is ATI just skipping 65nm and going straight to 45? Kind of a big risk if you ask me.
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