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The top speed of Advanced Micro Devices’ Opteron processor with two cores will be 2.20GHz this year, whereas single-core AMD64 chips for servers will reach 3.0GHz milestone in the first quarter of 2006, nearly three years after Intel’s Xeon products attained the landmark, according to slides that presumably come from AMD’s roadmap.

The probable prospective plan of Advanced Micro Devices suggests that AMD will launch AMD Opteron 200- and 800-series dual-core processors at 1.80GHz, 2.0GHz and 2.20GHz already in the second quarter of 2005. Some sources suggest that introduction may be scheduled for late April, 2005. In the third quarter of the year AMD is projected to release dual-core AMD Opteron 100-series chips at the clock-speeds mentioned above as well as low-power dual-core AMD Opteron products at 1.60GHz and 1.80GHz with TDP of 55W. In the fourth quarter AMD will throw in a dual-core Opteron chip at 2.0GHz with TDP of 55W and 1.60GHz dual-core processor with TDP of 30W.

AMD’s dual-core Opteron chips are projected to officially have thermal design power of 110W. It is unclear why the slides claim 95W envelope for them. AMD said its dual-core Opteron microprocessors will work on existing AMD Opteron infrastructure provided that particular mainboards will have appropriate BIOS.

According to the slides leaked into the web, single-core processors will evolve along with dual-core central processing unit. In the third quarter 2005 AMD’s server single-core chips will reach the 2.80GHz clock-speed, while in the first quarter of 2006 AMD’s microprocessors will conquer 3.0GHz clock-speed. While the achievement of 3.0GHz milestone is expected to come three years after Intel’s Xeon at the same speed, given architecture peculiarities, AMD’s Opteron is much faster than the Xeon for DP apps at the same clock-speed.

A number of web-sites, including popular resource, have issued several slides that most probably come from the server roadmap of Sunnyvale, California-based Advanced Micro Devices dated February, 2005. Representatives for AMD never confirm authenticity of such slides, but in spite of this, pictures from confidential presentations usually sketch the plans of the processor company rather well. Nevertheless, in the past AMD changed actual specifications of its products described in presentations a number of times.

AMD also preps dual-core processors for desktop applications in the second half of 2005.


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