AMD pursues 45nm Intel at CeBIT

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CeBIT is now underway (4-9 March), and AMD has used it as a platform to demo its first 45nm offerings, for both servers and desktops.

The quad-core chip codenamed “Shanghai” is for servers and the quad-core “Deneb” is for desktop platforms.

AMD manufactured the processors at its 300mm Dresden, Germany, Fab 36 facility, using a 45nm process co-developed with its long-time partner IBM. More recent work between AMD and IBM has produced a working test chip that uses extreme ultra-violet (EUV) lithography for the critical first layer of metal connections across the entire chip.

Intel, of course, is ahead in this process race – it launched its 45nm Penryn family – including a first Core 2 Extreme quad-core processor – back in November 2007.

(Also at the show in Germany, AMD announced its latest graphics driver for PC gamers – ATI Catalyst 8.3, a software update that delivers both CrossFireX for Windows Vista as well as ATI Hybrid Graphics Technology for casual gamers.)

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