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CeBit: AMD moves to 0.13-micron chips

Thinness taken to new level by Intel rival

AMD is ready to start shipping Athlon processors, codenamed Thoroughbred and made using a 0.13-micron process, to customers later this month, the firm said at CeBit in Hanover today.

Though few details have been made available, the switch should mean faster Athlon chips that require less power.

The announcement of the switch to a 0.13-micron process came as AMD introduced three additions to its Athlon processor line: Athlon XP 2100+ for desktop PCs, Mobile Athlon 4 1600+ for notebooks and Athlon MP 2000+ for servers and workstations.

Currently Athlon chips are produced using a 0.18-micron process. Switching to the more advanced 0.13-micron manufacturing process allows AMD to put more chips on a single wafer as the 0.13-micron chips are around 38 percent smaller than Athlon XP chips made using the 0.18-micron process, the company said.

AMD did not disclose the clock speeds of the Thoroughbred chips that would begin shipping to customers this month but the 0.13-micron process opens the door to Athlon chips that run at higher clock speeds and consume less power than chips made using the 0.18-micron process.

AMD first demonstrated the Thoroughbred processor at the Comdex tradeshow in November last year.


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