AMD to release 45nm Shanghai this year
Word on the street is saying that AMD is on schedule with its release schedule of their new 45nm processors. In fact the first samples of their 45nm Shanghai based server processors already have been shipped to OEM customers. Servers based on this CPU will be available this year as originally planned.
The AMD processor under codename Shanghai is designed to compete against the Intel Nehalem processor, especially in the volume two-socket server market.
AMD is not afraid of a new mistake like we've seen with the Barcelona TBL bug and assured that after mess, the validation process was heavily increased to prevent something like that from happening again. The 45nm Shanghai processor has as stated a very small 45nm fab processes. As a result there should be a 35% performance advantage over the last gen 65nm Barcelona processors. AMD will not yet release info on clock-frequencies but claims the chip has 6Mb cache on board and a very friendly TDP of 75 Watt. AMd slipped that they'll also make a low TDP 55W version, yet also 105W SKUs for the brute real force.
Since this is the groundwork for their upcoming desktop 45nm processors, we'll follow it closely.
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