AMD shows off 45nm quad-core processors

Chip maker AMD last week demonstrated early samples of its upcoming 45nm quad-core processors at CeBIT in Hanover, Germany.

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By  Jason Saundalkar Published  March 13, 2008

Chip maker AMD last week demonstrated early samples of its upcoming 45nm quad-core processors at CeBIT in Hanover, Germany.

The CPUs were used to run different operating systems as well as a number of different software applications. The chips are being produced in Dresden, Germany, at the firm's 300mm wafer manufacturing facility - known as Fab 36. AMD developed its 45nm fabrication process in-conjunction with IBM.

Staff on hand claimed transistors, used in the manufacture of processors, built using the 45nm process give more performance-per-watt and also run cooler than transistors produced using the older 65nm fabrication process.

The firm is expected to deliver its first set of 45nm products to customers later in the year. The CPUs destined for servers are codenamed ‘Shanghai', whilst its desktop processors go by the codename ‘Deneb'.

AMD's chief competitor, Intel, begun selling its 45nm dual- and quad-core chips late last year.

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