AMD Confirms 90nm Shipments, Juggles Processors

The company said Tuesday that it has shipped a Mobile Athlon 64 processor previously codenamed "Oakville" for use in thin and light notebooks. AMD has therefore opted to ship a Mobile Athlon 64 processor instead of the high-end notebook chip code-named "Odessa". Odessa was previously expected to be AMD's first 90nm chip, followed by San Diego and Winchester for desktops, but AMD decided to bring Odessa forward into 130-nanometer manufacturing and announced this in May.

AMD said the transition to 90nm manufacturing keeps AMD on track to deliver 90nm dual-core products in the middle of 2005. Athlon 64 processors for desktop systems made using the 90nm silicon-on-insulator process are expected to ship later this quarter, followed by 90nm AMD Opteron processor shipments later this year, AMD said.

The move to 90nm revenue shipment was expected since AMD said it had started manufacturing on its 90nm manufacturing process on April 19 and that it planned to start shipping 90nm products to customers in the third quarter of 2004.

"We promised 90-nanometer revenue shipments in the third quarter, and today we're delivering on that promise," said Dirk Meyer, executive vice president of the computation products group at AMD, in a statement.

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Competitor Intel has been plagued with delivery delays for several new products.

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