AMD Samples Athlon 64 4000+, FX-55 Chips, but on 130nm

While Advanced Micro Devices is shipping its 90nm processors to customers at present, the company's higher-end chips targeted for introduction later this year may still be made using mature 130nm Silicon-on-Insulator technology. Pictures of AMD Athlon 64 4000+ and AMD Athlon 64 FX-55 processors located at a Chinese web-server have been posted in a forum thread of AMDZone web-site. Availability of such pictures may mean that AMD is sampling its processors that are expected to be formally introduced in Q4 2004 with some makers of computer mainboards or computers, if the microprocessors' photos are not fake ones.

Besides product pictures, the forum member who remained anonymous has also placed screenshots from CPU-Z software revealing technical information about the AMD Athlon 64 4000+ and AMD Athlon 64 FX-55 central processing units. It appears that the model 4000+ will be clocked at 2.40GHz, contain 1MB of L2 cache and sport dual-channel memory controller, fully copying specs of the currently shipping AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 processor for Socket 939 infrastructure. The FX-55 product will also have dual-channel memory controller, 1MB of L2 cache, but will function at 2.60GHz, bringing new performance heights to Sunnyvale, California-based AMD.

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News source: Xbit Labs

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