AMD Initiates Shipments of 90nm Microprocessors?

According to a website called VR-Zone AMD has started shipments of its 90nm Microprocessors. Winchester is the processor rumored to be shipping. Winchester is expected to have "512KB of L2 cache, but it is not clear whether the chips sport dual-channel or single-channel memory controllers".

Advanced Micro Devices might have started to ship its first microprocessors made using 90nm silicon-on-insulator process technology to certain clients, as may be suggested from a picture of an AMD64 chip that is reported to be produced using 90nm fabrication process. VR-Zone web-site who published the photo said that AMD Athlon 64 processor in the picture was code-named Oakville. According to AMD's recent roadmap, the Oakville core is designed for Mobile Athlon 64 processors.

The web-site reports that desktop flavour of Oakville code-named Winchester will have extremely small die of 83 square millimeters. Both chips will incorporate 512KB of L2 cache, but it is not clear whether the chips sport dual-channel or single-channel memory controllers. According to the recently unveiled roadmap, the Sunnyvale, California-based chipmaker plans to release a number of AMD Opteron processors code-named Athens, Troy and Venus, a Mobile Athlon 64 processor known as Oakville and a desktop Athlon 64 processor code-named Winchester produced using 90nm fabrication process in the second half of the year. The initial commercial shipments of AMD64 chips produced at 90nm nodes are officially said to commence in the third quarter of 2004.

News source: X-bit labs

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