AMD Counting on Shanghai
You can count on Intel talking up its Nehalem/Core i7 at the Intel Developer Forum that begins tomorrow in San Francisco. In a pre-emptive strike intended to counter some of the news Intel is sure to have, AMD is talking up its forthcoming 45nm processors code-named 'Shanghai'. With Intel having moved to a 45nm manufacturing process some time ago coupled with the previous problems AMD experienced with its quad-core Phenom lineup, AMD is counting on the Shanghai processor for servers to compete against Nehalem. That becomes even more critical as the Nehalem architecture will be bringing Intel's first integrated memory controller to its processors, something AMD hashad since the Opteron chips were first introduced. In an press conference last week, AMD announced it will be bringing its first 45nm processors to market in the fourth quarter of 2008 for the two-socket server market and claims they will beat Intel to market in both the two- and four-socket server area. Intel is slated to introduce its Core i7 first to the high-end gaming and enthusiast markets but is sure to challenge AMD in the lucrative server market as soon as possible. Without disclosing specific performance numbers, AMD expressed confidence that the Shanghai will be competitive against the Nehalem chips for servers and is looking at the second half of 2008 to be its strongest product lineup in some time.