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AMD Phases Out 45nm Phenom

BSN details why AMD is phasing out the 45nm Phenom II in favor of 32nm Bulldozer.  

Since all their 45nm and 32nm are produced in the same Fab 1 in Dresden, there are tradeoffs to be made that ultimately affect both lines adversely. AMD has recounted repeatedly that they don't put up with the current situation anymore. We can only assume that the phase-out of the 45nm product lines may be one of the consequences of those manufacturing struggles. After all, especially Llano is in high demand which AMD struggles hard to meet. On top of that, there is need for additional 32nm capacity once Trinity enters volume production. Trinity is said to be launched early in 2012.

Bulldozer, Llano Continue To Sell Out

Nordic Hardware reports that AMD's Bulldozer as well as Llano continue to sell out.

AMD's Bulldozer architecture was not the success it had hoped, but despite that it it selling out as soon as it comes into stock, which also goes for Llano. It has now come to our attention that AMD has stopped shipping all Phenom II and Athlon II models at 45nm - but one.

AMD Smacks Intel With Opteron 6200

The Register discusses AMD putting the hurt on Intel's Xeon 5600s with their new Opteron 6200s.

So AMD took the Opteron 6200 and aimed it right at the Xeon E5640, which has four cores, eight threads, spins at 2.66GHz, and costs $774 when bought in 1,000-unit trays from Intel. The chip that AMD wants to line up against the Xeon E5640 is the new Opteron 6276, which is a 16-core part spinning at 2.3GHz that sells for $788 in 1,000-unit quantities.

AMD TO Kill Wichita and Krishna?

Semiaccurate believes AMD will be killing Wichita and Krishna.  These are supposed to be the 28nm versions of the Brazos family.

http://semiaccurate.com/2011/11/15/exclusive-amd-kills-wichita-and-krishna/

40 Years of Microprocessors

The Inquirer notes that there has now been 40 years of microprocessors.  The Inquirer has a roadmap of sorts showing some of the most significant CPU releases over 40 years.

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