AMD said at its analyst day that its first 65nm processors will come by the end of this year and 45nm processors can be expected by mid-2005.
"We do not expect to be materially behind our competitor," said Daryl Ostrander, AMD's manufacturing guru, exuding confidence.
AMD's manufacturing skills have come into question due to the high demand for its chips. Some analysts have wondered if AMD can keep up with customers in the coming years. AMD believes that improved manufacturing will leave it "fully positioned to service one-third of the market by 2008" and with a 4x capacity improvement by 2009.
Back to the chips, AMD laid out plans to ship new cores for its server, desktop and mobile lines in 2007. In the server market, AMD expects to show a 60 per cent performance per watt boost in 2007 and a 150 per cent boost in 2008. The quad-core cihp should show between 2x and 3x performance improvements on HPC, client/server, Java and database software, AMD said.