The boys over at DigiTimes have picked up some news on AMD's upcoming roadmap
for the next 18 months. Citing the ever-famous industry insider, the following has been uncovered:
- Socket AM2 chips will be available in 65nm processes starting first quarter 2007. AMD's entire fabrication will be moving to this over a year's time, starting with the X2 processors (3800+, 4200+, 4600+).
- The Sempron will be a dual-core X2 chip on the same 65nm process, hopefully by 3rd quarter of 2007. As the market has started to embrace multiple core technology, AMD has decided to bring its mainstream/budget processor into the dual-core world. The 65nm Sempron will also include DDR2-800 support.
- Expect the Athlon 64 single-core series, AMD's most popular line of processors, to be phasing out of the market roughly at the same time. AMD is becoming strongly committed to multiple core tech, so it only makes sense to phase out their last line of single-core processors.
- AM3 chips will start to appear in "early 2008". These will be compatible with existing AM2 motherboards, but offer DDR3 memory controllers built in along with the DDR2 support offered in AM2.
So there you have it, a glimpse into AMD's upcoming lineup. Will it be enough to face Intel's Conroe technology? Let us know your thoughts in the usual place