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Advanced Micro Devices, the world's second largest supplier of microprocessors, said that it had taped out the first central processing units (CPUs) based on the code-named Bulldozer core. The company hopes to begin sampling of the chips with customers shortly and initiate mass production sometimes in 2011.

"In the second quarter of this year we also taped out the first 32nm product based on our new high-performance Bulldozer CPU core. We plan to begin sampling our Bulldozer based server and desktop processors in the second half of this year and remain on track for 2011 launches. These new processors will deliver significant performance improvements to the AMD platform," said Dirk Meyer, chief executive officer of AMD, during the quarterly conference call with financial community.

The "tape out" means that the artwork for the photomask of a circuit is sent to manufacturing. It is unclear at this point whether AMD has already received samples of the Bulldozer processors back from manufacturing and assembling or at least manufactured wafers from Globalfoundries. Moreover, it is uncertain when exactly AMD submit the design of the chip to its foundry partner: back in April, or back in June? At present it takes weeks to manufacture a complex multi-layer chip, so, the timing of the tape out is really important for analysis.

According to an unofficial source familiar with AMD’s server plans, the chipmaker intended to commence mass production of certain versions of its Bulldozer-based code-named Interlagos microprocessors with 12 or 16 cores already in the first half of 2011. Other versions of the chips, e.g. with reduced power consumption or increased performance, were planned to be produced in the second half of the year.

While generally AMD formally unveils microprocessors when it begins mass production or revenue shipments of its chips, it is not set on stone that initiation of mass production means formal announcement. From the current point of view the information means that AMD has equal chances of launching its sixteen-core or twelve-core AMD Opteron “Interlagos” processors either in the first half of the year or in the second half of the year.

AMD Opteron 6000 “Interlagos” will be compatible with AMD’s Maranello server platform with G34 (1944-pin) sockets. It is expected that Interlagos features two code-named 32nm SOI Valencia chips with six or eight cores on the same piece of substrate.

Based on the information provided by AMD during its annual Analyst Day in November '09, the first Bulldozer chip code-named Zambezi (which belongs to Orochi family of desktop chips, according to the firm) will feature eight x86 processing engines with multithreading technology, two 128-bit FMAC floating point units, shared L2 cache, shared L3 cache as well as integrated memory controller. AMD also states that the new CPU will feature “extensive new power management innovations”. Based on the diagram that AMD demonstrated, the company intends to dramatically improve multithreading performance of its CPUs: two INT schedulers, an FP scheduler and separate data caches for each of four cores should do the job very well.

Tags: AMD, Bulldozer, Opteron, Maranello, Interlagos, 32nm


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Discussion started: 07/16/10 07:29:03 PM
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AMD is a Company, an organization, a corporate venture that is verified by corporation papers. AMD is not a person with arms and legs and things in-between, and a head that has a mouth that opens and closes and uses a voice for communication. People talk. AMD does not talk. AMD has said nothing and never will. You said Bulldozer has taped out, not AMD. What would you like to call your statement, a lie, a fake or a no source rumor... they are the same.
0 0 [Posted by: y eye  | Date: 07/16/10 07:29:03 PM]
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That was the most excessive, unnecessary explanation I have ever heard. Your comment added nothing to the intellectual value of this article. I have seen the worst grammar Nazis and flame bait trolls, but I have never met someone that is so undeserving of their access to the internet. Seriously, all the wealth and knowledge on the web, especially from this site, and your contribution is a despicable pile of trash masquerading as a comment. You make the internet a less respectable and intelligent place with every word you type. I am ashamed that you can access the internet instead of all the underprivileged children out there in the world with no internet access at all. I am sure they would utilize the web in a far more productive manner.
0 0 [Posted by: cctchristensen  | Date: 07/17/10 10:14:49 AM]
i agree with ccctchristensen, that was the dumbest comment i have ever seen, perhaps if you read the article youd know dirk meyer is quoted for saying it was taped out.
0 0 [Posted by: cashkennedy  | Date: 07/19/10 11:22:11 AM]
In English language the companies are named as "it", not "they". Execs making statements are representing "it", even though it may seem weird.
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 07/19/10 03:25:32 PM]
In "The English Language" a company with more than a sole Proprietor, multiple Directors, is described as "it". A multiple director company that owns one or more companies with multiple directors may be referred to as "they". "They" are not correctly referred to as saying anything, ever.

Your thread remains confusing. Is it a tape-out or I saw it first... thread? You continue to post daily without sources and or with out of context quotes. Why do you do that? The worst case of this kind of no-source-rumor dates back to pre-release of the The 9800GTX2. AMD officials have taken the low road in the past when compared to some of nVidia's tactics; however, recently AMD has closed the gap on that style.

Your post/thread is of the old style and for example of explanation runs second to Hardware infos infos lol in number... maybe.


A Source: "According to the author learned through special channels of information: NVIDIA scheduled to launch by the end of August will be the core based on"...

If you notice ... there is no person listed only special channels of information... parts of nVidia a company. Sounds good though good enough to spin off to all the usual rumor punks and shills.


(Thanks to X-bit labs for the link.)
There was a quote to you anton: The source changed the subject, linked to another rumor monger," According to Charlie Demerjian of SemiAccurate", and began a rant on ATI.

What a frantic beta punk viscous mental cycle.

0 0 [Posted by: y eye  | Date: 07/31/10 03:34:29 PM]

What's so difficult to read "AMD said" as "a spokeperson for AMD said"? Some people are so anal retentive it boggles the mind.
0 0 [Posted by: ET3D  | Date: 07/17/10 06:35:43 AM]
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Actually, saying things like "AMD said" when obviously you mean "a spokeperson for AMD said" is called metonymy and is part of every language that has ever existed. I am not aware of any disorder that may impede someone from understanding or using it. We all use it, much more often than most people -non linguists- are aware of. People may insist in being "literal" but that is always a choice.
0 0 [Posted by: vavutsikarios  | Date: 07/17/10 11:33:01 AM]
" Metonymy may also be instructively contrasted with metaphor. Both figures involve the substitution of one term for another. In metaphor, this substitution is based on similarity, whereas, in metonymy, the substitution is based on contiguity.
Metonymy works by the contiguity (association) between two concepts, whereas metaphor works by the similarity between them. When people use metonymy, they do not typically wish to transfer qualities from one referent to another as they do with metaphor: there is nothing press-like about reporters or crown-like about a monarch, but "the press" and "the crown" are both common metonyms.

A contiguity is a continuous mass, or a series of things in contact or proximity. In a different meaning, contiguity is the state of being contiguous.[1] The concept was first set out in the Law of Contiguity, one of Aristotle's Laws of Association, which states that things which occur in proximity to each other in time or space are readily associated.

Association by contiguity is the principle that ideas, memories, and experiences are linked when one is frequently experienced with the other. For example, if you constantly see a knife and a fork together they become linked (associated). The more these two items (stimuli) are perceived together the stronger the link between them. When one of the memories becomes activated later on, the linked (contiguously associated) memory becomes temporarily more activated and thus easier to be called into working memory. This process is known as priming, and the initial memory that primed the other is known as the retrieval cue.
Association by contiguity is the root of association by similarity. Association by similarity is the idea that one memory primes another through their common property or properties. Thus, an apple may prime a memory of a rose through the common property of red. These two become associated even though you may have never experienced an apple and a rose together (consistent with association by contiguity).
When one associated memory, a group of associated memories, or a whole line of associated memories becomes primed, this is known as spreading activation.
In conditioning, contiguity refers to how associated a reinforcer is with behaviour. The higher the contiguity between events the greater the strength of the behavioural relationship."

a fake no-source-rumor: without source, La La not close enough, it did not happen lol


What is Buldozer:

0 0 [Posted by: y eye  | Date: 07/31/10 07:18:11 PM]

Sounds good for server market "“extensive new power management innovations" and "the company intends to dramatically improve multithreading performance of its CPUs"
0 0 [Posted by: Blackcode  | Date: 07/17/10 11:22:33 AM]


@ ET3D
I did not say that Anton Shilov and I are anal retentive, you did. Your question should read, why did Anton not say "a spokesperson for AMD said?", because then it would be a copy and paste. With out the quote there would be no reason to believe that part of the article.

This form of English writing is not correct English but to call it anal retentive is new. It should not be acceptable even if it is...

anal retentive
0 0 [Posted by: y eye  | Date: 07/17/10 11:59:17 AM]
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Kill yourself.
0 0 [Posted by: cctchristensen  | Date: 07/17/10 12:47:54 PM]

please take us into the timing with sketches of wave concepts[^][_]
{1ghz}{2ghz}{3ghz} please show the defintion of each instruction and the waveform ? then put that into a slow cartoon so that we can see how the
procesor proceedes with current draining overlaps PLEASE ?
0 0 [Posted by: lawrephord  | Date: 07/17/10 03:01:20 PM]

With difficulties at TSMC and problems at GlobalFoundries I'm begging to think that the fabless chip business is not so great after all. Look at all the cash Intel has been raking in lately and AMD and Nvidia getting screwed over TSMC 40nm node. GF 32 and 28nm can't come soon enough.
0 0 [Posted by: FLA  | Date: 07/17/10 04:24:57 PM]

0 0 [Posted by: megabudmaster420  | Date: 07/18/10 03:45:24 PM]

There's an issue between AMD and GloFo. GloFo wants AMD paying utilization fee for 45nm and 32nm SOI beyond 2010. But AMD can't afford it. If that issue won't be resolved, 32nm SOI might be put on hold. Until that time 32nm SOI won't be in the GloFo's priority list.
In the best case BD can be launched not earlier than at the end of 2011, with real product availability in 2012.
0 1 [Posted by: Azazel  | Date: 07/19/10 02:12:42 AM]

Well, there you are, y-eye! I wondered what happened after you got permanently banned from SemiAccurate. Nice to see you're still full of sh*t, still spouting your non-relevant nonsense. Just wouldn't be the same without you to kick around.
0 0 [Posted by: rich wargo  | Date: 07/19/10 07:19:04 AM]

@Wargo, Rich "beta punk",
"The whole culture of secrecy - which must be difficult and expensive to maintain - is geared towards working the press into a frenzy of speculation prior to any announcement. Furthermore, the lack of available information means that any rumour or factoid, no matter how microscopic, gets a disproportionate amount of eyeballs (just look at the 'most popular' stories on When you distill it down, the job of a journalist is to cater for their readership, something best measured by circulation/traffic."

This quote is on Jobs but it has relevence to the subject. If I give you the source it would be contrary to the practices of the lab. lol

S/A... just another toxic forum.

Thanks for the memories, y
0 0 [Posted by: y eye  | Date: 07/19/10 12:02:03 PM]
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S/A is toxic only for toxic people, boy.
0 0 [Posted by: rich wargo  | Date: 07/20/10 08:39:34 AM]

I guess AMD will do its best.
0 0 [Posted by: Vallwesture  | Date: 07/19/10 10:17:02 PM]


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