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AMD ramps up production capabilities

AMD has recently opened its latest wafer fabrication plant in Dresden, Germany. The $US1.9 billion plant will eventually churn out 5000 8-inch wafers a week.

Production of the Athlon processors, which feature copper interconnect technology, will begin later in the current quarter, with the first revenue shipments planned for the second quarter of next year.

AMD's 1000MHz processors will be produced in the Dresden plant next year.

The facility will also be home to the Dresden Design Centre, which will be responsible for designing the circuitry surrounding the processor, as well as developing future microprocessors, AMD said in a statement.http://www.amd.comKingston expands into MalaysiaIndependent memory manufacturer Kingston Technology has opened up a manufacturing plant in Penang, Malaysia, joining plants in Ireland and Taiwan.

Kingston's expansion into Malaysia includes the procurement of additional office space, new assembly capabilities, new testing and design equipment and manufacturing plants, the company said in a statement.

The plant itself will feature Fuji CP-6 and QP242 surface mount equipment, with approximately 30 Kingston-designed S-100 memory testers already installed.

These are capable of supporting PC66, PC100 and PC133 memory module technology.

Over the next 12 months Kingston will expand the plant's abilities to support new technologies, such as Rambus RIMM memory modules.

Intel to launch delayed 820 chip set

Intel was set to launch its long- awaited 820 chip set on November 15, the opening day of the Comdex trade show held in Las Vegas, a spokeswoman at Intel's UK office confirmed.

Among the new features in the 820 chip set are support for Rambus's speedy memory interface technology, a faster 133MHz system bus and 4x AGP (accelerated graphics port).

Intel was forced in late September to delay the introduction of the 820 chip set when a Rambus-related glitch was found.http://www.intel.com.au


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