At an analyst conference in New York, Intel talked about its upcoming 45nm chips. The company said they are now 18 to 24 months ahead of the competition (read: AMD) with their 45nm technology.
On the other, there is the firm’s 45 nm technology which Intel hopes will enable the firm to create new market opportunities that will secure growth for the firm over the next years. Otellini said that Intel is putting a structure in place that will bring 45 nm products faster to market than any other process technology before: Within three quarters of launch, the company will ship more 45 nm CPUs than 65 nm units, which will account for 100% of Intel’s processor shipments by the end of this year.
“In 45 nm, we have at least a 18 to 24 month lead versus anyone else out there,” Otellini said. According to Otellini, not all 45 nm technologies will be the same and he indicated that Intel will do everything it can to keep the lead once the competition catches up. AMD previously said that it is aiming to introduce 45 nm processors in the second or third quarter of 2008.
While not going into detail, Otellini confirmed that the production of 45 nm processors is on track, with five models (three dual-cores for mobile, DP server and desktop as well as two quad-cores for DP server and the desktop) planned for release later this year or early 2008. The executive also showed a 300 mm wafer with a total of 2500 45 nm “Silverthorne” processors, which will represent Intel’s offering for UMPCs and Mobile Internet devices in 2008 and beyond. “Silverthorne is the most cost efficient processor since the 286. But it is about 100 times faster.”