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Advanced Micro Devices, the troubled maker of x86 central processing units (CPUs), is projected to face further delay of its highly-anticipated AMD Phenom microprocessors and will only be in position to supply them in Q2 2008. This setback is likely to have a negative financial impact on the company’s financial results in the first quarter of 2008.

After a Translation Lookaside Buffer (TLB)-related erratum was discovered in AMD Phenom microprocessors and AMD had to impose a fix that reduced performance of the CPUs, Advanced Micro Devices had to announce a new B3 stepping of the chip with bug corrected without performance degradation. Unfortunately for AMD, the new chips will only become available for its customers sometime in Q2 2008, not in Q1 2008, as expected, according to AMD’s production schedule published by HKEPC web-site.

Quad-core AMD Phenom 9900, 9700, 9650, 9550, 9150e and 9100e chips are scheduled to be commercially available in the second quarter, 2008, whereas development samples of the chips are generally projected to be available for AMD’s customers in the first quarter of the year. Triple-core AMD Phenom 8700, 8650 and 8450 chips are also projected to be available in Q2 2008; still, AMD Phenom 8600 and 8400 – which are based on the B2 stepping with TLB errata – will be released commercially in March, 2008.

Despite of stepping change, the new quad-core microprocessors by AMD will only run at clock-speeds 2.60GHz and below, whereas triple-core chips will only operate at 2.40GHz and lower.

The delay of the advanced AMD Phenom microprocessors to Q2 2008 will slowdown AMD’s revenue growth in the first quarter, as currently available AMD Athlon 64 X2 processors are not competitive against higher-end Intel Core 2 chips and the world’s second largest x86 processor maker will have to concentrate on selling primarily lower-end CPUs that have low profit margins.

Advanced Micro Devices did not comment on the news-story.

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Alright!!! way to go AMD!!! how about delaying it forever!?!
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I agree with anti-"AMD Fanboy"

You are better off investing your R&D cash in Intel stocks.
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AMD doing their namesake honor again:

Another Mayor Delay.

How the heck do they managed against Intell for so long.
One of the greatest Mysteries in Life
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 12/27/07 03:11:51 PM]
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Another mayor delay?

How about some spelling lessons imposed upon you by yudge Yudy.
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hahaha, u so funny mistr bonbon. total pwnage!!! lolzor!!!
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 12/27/07 05:29:42 PM]
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Lame name parody mate, this is more very news for AMD. AMD is going to bankrupt itself next year I am convinced they are FUBAR. Tomshardware just put up an article and they state that 8 out of 10 AM2 motherboards can not support Phenom CPUs! There goes most AMD die hards that were hoping to get a cheap upgrade by not having to buy a new motherboard along with the CPU.

Mr. BonBon do you think there is a chance that Intel will bail AMD out like Microsoft did with Apple? I don't want the CPU market to be a monopoly and I hope Intel does not either. Wouldn't Intel have to deal with lots fair trade lawsuits then? Wouldn't they try to avoid this?

Here is the article. :(

http://www.tomshardware.com/2007/12/26/phenom_motherboards/
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Future forecast: cloudy, with chances of shower.

The only multi-gpu configuration Intel chipsets support is Crossfire. I don't see why they would bail on AMD, unless Nvidia gives them a reason to do so... if you know what I mean.

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Oh funny that you should mention her.

You probably get wet Dreams of her?
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Software workarounds will always provide penalties even though engineers try their hardest not to have any performance penalties. The correct way, is fix the problem in hardware. If this can not be done, trash it and move on to the next model, but do not forget problems that happened in the past.

I think AMD should trash this core and move the R&D team to the next core release, so the next core release can come out on time or sooner. Before the next core release, AMD should create a revised version of the X2 processor to include SSE5 instruction set, SDK to help programmers convert to SSE5 easily and at the same time include backwards capability to SSE3, use 65 nm fabrication process, and provide extreme over clocking close to 4 GHz or higher.
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It's a shame.

It's been over six months now that we keep hearing nothing but bad news of AMD.

Without AMD there will be no competition, and I fear AMD's chances of survival are becoming lower and lower day by day...

God help AMD (and me :) ).
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