AMD narrows 90nm ship window

Q3 availability

AMD will ship 90nm Opterons in Q3.

Quoted in the company's announcement of its Opteron 150, 250 and 850 processors today, AMD's Microprocessor Business Unit chief, Marty Seyer, says: "We have already begun initial production of 90nm AMD64 processors, and we are on target to begin shipping 90nm processors for revenue in the third quarter."

AMD's 90nm plan originally centred on Q2 2004 volume shipments. Last November, company chief Hector Ruiz admitted that the schedule had suffered a a "two or three-month slip".

AMD later claimed Ruiz had been mis-quoted. But since the company has in public always maintained a broad H2 2004 release schedule for its 90nm CPUs, it has plenty of leeway for such a "slip". Last March, CFO Bob Rivet effectively said systems based on the 90nm parts will not be available until late Q3/early Q4.

That's broadly in line with Seyer's statement, though the latter suggests the schedule has slipped a little, pushing the availability of systems into Q4. AMD is sampling now and expects to start ramping up production in July.

AMD's two 90nm Athlon 64 parts, codenamed 'Winchester' (Athlon 64) and 'San Diego' (Athlon 64-FX) are roadmapped to appear during the second half of the year, as are the 90nm Opterons: 'Athens' (800 series), 'Troy' (200 series) and 'Venus' (100 series).

The 90nm mobile part 'Odessa' was recently revealed to have shipped as a 130nm part, in the guise of AMD's new low-power Mobile Athlon 64 2700+ and 2800+. ®

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