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Adds Pacifica, Presidio - multi-core and/or 65nm parts

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AMD has updated its roadmap, stretching its public processor production plan out into 2006 to add a pair of new CPUs to its future line-up.

So far, AMD has publicly committed itself to dual-core Opteron and Athlon 64 designs, all fabbed at 90nm. 'Toledo', a dual core Athlon 64-FX, plus dual-core Opteron 1xx, 2xx and 8xx series 'Denmark', 'Italy' and 'Egypt' are all scheduled to ship sometime in the last six months of next year.

To these we can now add 'Pacifica' and 'Presidio', which are anticipated to arrive sometime in 2006. The two designs were mentioned by AMD CFO Fred Weber in an analysts' conference this past Friday. Further details were not disclosed.

Multi-core at 90nm is one possible feature of Pacifica and Presidio, but 65nm versions of the dual-core line-up are also likely, given AMD's usual caution when it comes to rolling out a new process. A third possibility is that the two new chips do both: multi-core at 65nm.

During 2006, AMD's Fab 36 300mm wafer plant is expected to come on stream, as will the chip maker's recently announced outsourcing production partnership with Singapore's Chartered Semiconductor. ®

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