What?!?! Still on 90nm??? Are they on crack??? I don't see why they aren't doing this on their 65nm. Most Brisbanes are OCing to the 3GHz mark, so I don't think it's too impossible to squeeze out 3.2GHz on 65nm. At least it'll run a bit cooler and won't be at 125W.
In an attempt to offer a product that would better compete against Intelâ€™s recently released lineup of slightly improved dual-core central processing units (CPUs), Advanced Micro Devices is rumoured to unveil a new version of its dual-core AMD Athlon 64 X2 offerings.
The new AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ will operate at 3.20GHz, will contain 2MB of level-two cache (1MB per core), built-in DDR2 memory controller and will be compatible with socket AM2 platforms. Thermal design power of the chip is unclear, but it may be as high as 125W, as the chip is still produced using 90nm silicon-on-insulator process technology.
The new product will cost $224 in 1000-unit quantities, reports TechConnect Magazine, but it is not completely clear, when it is set to be introduced. Nevertheless, it is very likely that the chip will be available in massive quantities well ahead of the back-to-school season.
AMDâ€™s top-of-the-range Athlon 64 X2 is expected to be the last speed-bin for the desktop-class microprocessors based on the current micro-architecture and will have to compete against Intel Core 2 Duo lineup for several months. It remains to be seen whether the chip can really outperform, or perform inline with its rivals.
AMD did not comment on the news-story.