AMD's CFO confirmed the firm will start 45nm production this summer but volume production of 45nm processors isn't expected until the fourth quarter:
Robert J. Rivet Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at AMD did catch us off guard with this announcement as we believed that 45nm parts might start showing a bit later than summer. Bob didn’t actually say which quarter he is talking about but it is highly likely to expect 45nm parts in very late Q3 2008. Prior to this announcement AMD was always saying that 45nm production starts in the second half of 2008.
If AMD gets ready to produce decent speeds at decent quantities of its 45nm quad core, and if that happens before back to school (late August), the company might actually have something to fight Intel and its Core 2 duo / quad-series.
Update: Dirk Meyer second in command at AMD as President and Chief Operating Officer has confirmed that dispite summer start of 45nm production that we should see the volume product in Q4.