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Old May 16, 2007, 12:50 PM
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Default AMD making DDR3 support plans

According to X-bit Labs, AMD appears to be adopting a more cavalier philosophy for the move to DDR3 and 45nm- they played it safe for DDR2 and waited until intel dragged it slowly into the mainstream before they updated their chipsets for it, and it payed off for them. This time it's going to be different, and I'd say despite Anandtech's ddr3 article that I posted this morning, the move to DDR3 will probably be somewhat faster than the last advance so hopefully it will work out well for AMD. AMD stock price has started to climb this afternoon since this news has been released, after a small loss early in the day. Perhaps investors are encouraged by the forward looking attitude that they have been missing in recent history.

Advanced Micro Devices plans to tie up transition to a new process technology and to a new memory type, according to documents seen by X-bit labs. While the move has its own logical explanations, back in the past the company did not risk to execute a similar plan.

AMD’s microprocessors produced using 45nm process technology code-named Deneb, Prophus and Sargas, due to be out in the second half of 2008, will be AMD’s first processors to support DDR3 memory and coming in AM3 form-factor. As a result, the new processors will symbolize three important transitions for the world’s second largest maker of x86 chips: transition to 45nm fabrication process, transition to AM3 infrastructure and transition to DDR3 memory.
Currently it is unclear which DDR3 speed-bins AMD plans to support, as the company aims at PC2-8500 (DDR2 1066MHz) standard now, as its arch-rival Intel readies chipsets with PC3-10600 (DDR3 1333MHz) support for introduction later during the year.

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