AMD Opteron seeing double

More than a year after its debut, AMD is gearing up for some core shifts to its 64-bit processor families.

The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based semiconductor maker said it has completed the design of its first dual-core 64-bit, x86 compatible chip, which it expects to debut in servers in mid-2005. A dual-core desktop version for high-end client PCs is also in the works and due out in the second half of 2005, the company said in a statement Monday.

The development is one in a string of advancements that AMD is touting this month to its server and desktop processors in an attempt to tighten up the gap in market share against rival Intel.

As for its roadmap, AMD said it will continue to enhance its AMD64 processors this year with a transition to 90-nanometer (nm) process and low-power technology. AMD said it is also working with IBM to build chips based on 65-nm processes in mid-2005. Those smaller processors are due out in products in 2006.

News source: InternetNews

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