Advanced Micro Devices has been relatively open in terms of its technology and platform roadmap, however, the firm is extremely tight-lipped about specifications or features of concrete products. Nevertheless, as web-site has published details concerning AMD’s quad-core processors be released within the next two years.
According to a part of a slide published at HKEPC web-site, there are code-named Deerhound, Greyhound, Zamora and Cadiz quad-core processors in AMD’s roadmap. Except the Greyhound, the chips are intended for dual-processor or multi-processor server as well as workstation markets.
The first quad-core chip from AMD is reported to be Deerhound, which will be intended for Socket F infrastructure and will have shared level-two cache along with dual-channel registered DDR2 memory controller. The processor is projected to emerge in the second half of 2007, around half a year later compared to arch-rival Intel Corp.’s Clovertown processor aimed at the same market segment.
AMD’s second quad-core chip is code-named Greyhound, it is reportedly designed for desktops, also sports shared level-two cache, but features DDR2/3 memory controller as well as HyperTransport 3 interface, which means that it will require a new infrastructure. The Greyhound processor is expected to arrive in the first half of 2008, about a year after Intel’s quad-core Kentsfield chip for desktops.
The Deerhound processor for high-performance servers will be reportedly succeeded by the code-named Zamora chip in the second half of 2008, which will offer shared level-three cache, FD-DIMM support and HyperTransport 3 interface. Around the same timeframe AMD is projected to release a chip code-named Cadiz, which is described similarly to Greyhound. The chip will be positioned for server and workstation segment – primarily dual-processor or single-processor machines.
Earlier it was reported based on AMD’s claims that by 2008 AMD is set to introduce its so-called Direct Connect architecture 2.0 that would improve interconnection between processors and processing engines within a chip. The new interconnection architecture would allow more than 8 processors to be connected in a single coherent memory system without the need for additional logic devices. The company plans to offer the architecture that will allow to easily build up to 32-way systems. It was also unveiled that AMD plans to commercially launch quad-core chips, Hyper-Transport 3.0 interconnection protocol, extend AMD64 instruction set, as well as add FB-DIMM support for server processors in 2007. Support of DDR3 memory in 2008 was also officially confirmed.
AMD did not comment on the news-story.
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The world is returning to normalacy, AMD is copying Intel again. Felt like I was in the Twilight Zone for a while, with Intel introducing bad technology after bad technology.
You'd think AMD would wait for the K9 before use dog code names. But, then again, the K8 is a dog in its own right, so they can be forgiven.
It's kind of funny that AMD is resorting to desperate measures now, like trying to bring attention to future processors. With Intel, you could understand it more since the Pentium 4 is dreadful, but so is the K8 compared to the Conroe. Clearly they are already feeling the pain of mediocrity with the K8, and are fighting against the perception of the Conroe.
Anyone buying AMD stock right now is brain-dead. All their actions show they have no idea how to compete with the Conroe and were shocked and appalled by how superior it is to their CPU. They know they are headed for a very rough road.
IBM is probably waiting in the wings for AMD to crash and burn, and then buy them cheap and create real competition for Intel. AMD is just too small to be competitive unless Intel consistently screws up, and it looks like they've finally decided not to.
Hector needs to resign before the company goes belly-up completely. He's a visionless moron that has been fortunate to benefit from Jerry Sander's momentum and Intel missteps. His luck is about to run out since they are still using a K7 processor derivative about three years after they should be. Why isn't the K9 out yet, it has been 7 years since the K7 was released. That's plenty of time to make a new processor, even considering they introduced a derivative processor. Instead they are going to get hammered because of this jackass. Terrible management. They need a new microarchitecture, not four cores.
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Your diatribe like your facts completely miss the target.
05/05/06 03:34:03 AM]
You post like your getting paid by the word.
I guess Intel is more desperate than ever.
05/05/06 07:10:20 AM]
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