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Advanced Micro Devices is making it clear that its upcoming 45-nanometer
processor for servers—"Shanghai"—will compete
against what Intel brings to market with its new line of processors based on
the upcoming "Nehalem" microarchitecture.

On the eve of the Intel Developer Forum, at an Aug. 15 press conference, AMD
Senior Vice President Randy Allen said these 45-nm chips will ship in the
fourth quarter of 2008,
which means that some of AMD’s OEM partners could
have early systems for sale by the end of the year.

In previous statements, AMD executives
have said the first 45-nm processor products would ship in the second half of
2008. Intel
has not specified when the first of its Nehalem chips for servers will ship to
partners. The first of these processors will appear in high-end desktops.

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