AMD Announces Transition to .13 Micron Technology
—First processors expected to ship by end of this quarter—
HANOVER, GERMANY --
At CeBIT, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it plans to begin shipping AMD Athlon™ XP processors codenamed “Thoroughbred” based on .13 micron technology to customers later this month.
The move to state-of-the-art .13 process technology represents a significant evolution for the AMD Athlon processor family. With this transition, AMD expects its processors to deliver improved performance, lower power and smaller die sizes.
“AMD’s leadership in manufacturing technology and outstanding design capabilities helps ensure that this small die will give us even more advantage in the future,” said Bill Siegle, senior vice president and chief scientist, Technology Operations, AMD. “Our outstanding Fab 30 team in Dresden is already approaching mature yields for the 80mm2 ‘Thoroughbred’ die.”
On .13 micron technology, the “Thoroughbred” core of the AMD Athlon XP processor is approximately 38 percent smaller than the current AMD Athlon XP processor on .18 process technology.
“Our closest competitor’s most recently announced processor on .13 micron technology is nearly 83 percent larger than AMD’s .13 process solution,” Siegle said. “Moving to .13 micron technology will enable us to produce higher-performing products while lowering costs, putting us in an even stronger competitive position.”
By the end of 2002, AMD expects that all of the AMD Athlon processor family will be produced on .13 micron technology. AMD also expects to begin shipping its next-generation processor codenamed “Hammer,” which uses a silicon-on-insulator (SOI) version of the .13 micron technology, at the end of the year.
AMD is a global supplier of integrated circuits for the personal and networked computer and communications markets with manufacturing facilities in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Asia. AMD, a Fortune 500 and Standard & Poor’s 500 company, produces microprocessors, flash memory devices, and support circuitry for communications and networking applications. Founded in 1969 and based in Sunnyvale, California, AMD had revenues of $3.9 billion in 2001. (NYSE: AMD).
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