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Intel delaying 45nm CPUs to stump AMD?

updated 03:15 pm EST, Wed December 19, 2007

Intel 45nm CPU Delay

Intel is consciously delaying three of its desktop quad-core chips based on the new 45-nanometer Penryn architecture to undermine similar releases from AMD, claim some Taiwan mainboard producers. Previously slated for January 20th, the 2.5GHz (Q9300), 2.66GHz (Q9450), and 2.83GHz (Q9550) Core 2 Quad will be pushed back to a February or March release specifically to counter releases of upgraded Phenom processors timed for a similar period. While Intel is confident its processors will outperform those from AMD, which still use a less efficient 65-nanometer design, there is no point to releasing the new Core 2 Quads until AMD begins to catch up in performance, according to the purported insiders.

No plans have been cited for delays in any of Intel's Penryn-based mobile processors, which have largely remained unchallenged by AMD. The latter is currently limited to its Turion X2 mobile chips, which are based on the older Athlon 64 X2 desktop core. Previous reports have predicted that dual-core mobile Penryn chips remain on track for mid-January and should be used almost immediately for notebooks by Fujitsu as well as other major PC makers, which are believed to include Apple, Dell, and HP.

by MacNN Staff



  1. zaghahzag

    Joined: Dec 1969


    wow monopoly?

    And this is good for the consumer, how?

    No this must be BS, intel doesn't spend billions converting factories to more efficient and thus more profitable processes just to hold up production to beat a chip that hasn't been released when they could just beat them starting now and still beat them when they are released.

    I don't believe this. Maybe the chips are delayed but it's not to stymie AMD.

  1. Eriamjh

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Intel doesn't need to release massively faster designs if AMD is only going to copy them. It's sad, but could be a very real strategy.

    In the meantime, they'll perfect the processes.

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