|The 'first generation' Phenom processors have barely made a mark on the CPU market but AMD is moving ahead with its release schedule and has once again stated that the first desktop processors made using the 45nm process will become available in the second half of this year. Dubbed Deneb and Propus, the quad-core 45nm parts are set to be introduced in late 2008 for the AM2+ platform, will still support DDR2 memory but feature a lower power consumption and heat dissipation, though this isn't really a 'big' achievement given the smaller manufacturing process.
The Deneb Phenoms will have their L3 cache sizes upped to 6MB (2MB on the current 65nm Agena CPUs) while Propus will simply not have L3 cache at all. The AM3 version of the Deneb and Propus processors are expected to be released in the first half of 2009 and these will bring DDR3 support into AMD's desktop line-up. Promises, promises...