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UPDATE: Adding resolution to quad-core compatibility information, rewriting some text. Apparently, AMD's quad-core chips will only work on Socket F platform, not currently shipping. The representative by AMD wanted to say that the Socket F - initially dual-core platform - would support quad-core chips as well.

Advanced Micro Devices’ quad-core processors will be demonstrated as early as in the middle of this year and, perhaps, will be unveiled even earlier than expected according to some analysts. The forthcoming chips with four processing engines will be demonstrated on the next-generaion AMD server platforms that will ship this year.

“To go from single-core to dual-core to quad-core on the same platform, that has never been done in the industry,” said Marty Seyer, a senior vice president of AMD, reports InformationWeek web-site. 

AMD plans to unveil server processors with virtualization technology and faster DDR2 memory support in mid-2006 and also to demonstrate its quad-core microprocessors in the same timeframe, the company is reported to have announced. The demonstrations will be carried out on the newly available server platforms for AMD Opteron processors, according to the web-site.

“When AMD rolls out dual-core processors with built-in virtualization hooks midyear, the company also aims to demo quad-core processors running on its current server platform,” Mr. Seyer is reported to have said.

It is expected that AMD’s dual-core processors with new memory controller and virtualization capabilities as well as quad-core processors will use a different socket and will sport DDR2 memory, two fundamentally different things from the current server platform by AMD.

AMD’s quad-core processors are due out in early 2007, but some industry analysts have said AMD could release them by the end of this year.


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Oh... yeah!
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 01/27/06 08:21:23 AM]

So quad core is Socet F only ?!?

What about the Socet AM2 will this not support quad cores ?
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 01/27/06 01:24:20 PM]
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by my question i didn't mean in 2006.. but will socet am2 eventually, say 2007 support quad core cpu's.
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 01/27/06 01:30:57 PM]

This is just another silent conspiracy between Intel and AMD to screw consumers.

How many people even need the fastest uniprocessors? I still use a 550 MHz Katmai for most of what I do, and rarely need to use my faster machines. Are there many people who can't get by with a 2.4 GHz Athlon 64?

My big complaint isn't that they offer these dual core processors, but that they aren't going to continue to offer the uniprocessors. This is because they don't want to sell extremely useful chips for low prices, so instead they artificially increase the size by adding additional processors that most people don't need, and keep the price where they want it. If they kept making uniprocessors, they would cost less than half what a dual-processor would cost, and would quickly sink to the $50 and below level, and give extremely good performance. Intel and AMD don't want this, so they are forcing these damn multiprocessor cores on everyone and making them think this is the greatest thing since cheddar cheese. It isn't.

First, if dual processing were so important, how come most people don't have machines that use dual processing? Because it isn't even close to necessary for most people is why. Also, I keep hearing how software is going to have to catch up with the hardware. This is written by clueless people, because it implies that it just takes effort and in time everything will work very well with dual processors. It simply isn't true, some things can not be done in parallel and will be not be improved because of the nature of their algorithm. Some things will benefit, of course.

Most good programmers have been multithreading way before this though, even with uniprocessors. This was done for a number of reasons, some of which was to better utilize the processor while it was waiting on I/O (for example, why stall the processor when the thread it is working on is waiting on the dreadfully slow hard disk?). So, by creating multiple threads, you could better utilize the processor as well as keep the interface responsive to users (the difference between an hourglass and an interface you can type into while you wait on the background task). So, it's nothing new, and it's not like this type of programming wasn't already going on and will now take forever for people to learn. Certainly it is taking on greater importance though.

Also, keep in mind that multithreading isn't without cost. You have to use some form of communication (semaphores for example) between threads to keep them working together, in most cases. Overall though, if you can do things in parallel this is not a big consideration.

What irks me is that instead of offering a great low cost uniprocessor, with the multiprocessor cores, that would be perfect for most people, they are forcing everyone to buy these bloated processors that are useful in only a small percentage of buyers. The amazing thing is, everyone is duped and thinks this is wonderful. This is just an unwritten conspiracy to keep processors prices artificially high, because, particularly Intel, would not be able to keep making massive amounts of money selling low cost uniprocessors, even though that is all most of the market needs. So, we'll have to pay more for the processors, and then pay more to keep them running, while at the same time they'll be slower for some applications that don't benefit from extra processors. It's not a good thing.

0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 01/30/06 08:44:16 AM]
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My God, you really are an idiot.
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 02/05/06 10:38:20 AM]


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