AMD Plays Catch Up on 45nm

Today AMD said it has 45 nanometer chips for desktops and servers running in development systems. That’s fantastic, but the chips won’t be in actual devices until the second half of the year, putting AMD’s most advanced chips at least six months behind Intels’s 45 nanometer chips.

Also, one of the touted benefits of 45nm is increased power efficiency, which makes them a good fit for mobile computing. Intel launched its 45nm chips first in a new laptop, but AMD won’t have 45 nm chips in laptops until 2009. By then Intel will be working on 32 nanometer chips, which leads me to wonder how long AMD can play this game.