AMD ups stakes with GHz plant

Chip manufacturer to dedicate plant to 1,000MHz Athlons

Advanced Micro Devices is expected to escalate its battle with Intel by dedicating one of its plants to the production of 1,000MHz processors.

The plant, called Fab 30, is key to AMD's plan to keep ahead of Intel, with its state-of-the-art facilities allowing for the manufacture of Athlon processors at higher clock speeds than are currently possible. The company will dedicate the plant, located in Dresden, Germany on Wednesday morning. The first samples of Athlons running at approximately 900MHz are expected later this quarter.

The plant is expected to begin shipping final production-level chips in the second quarter of next year and will hit volume production by the second half.