Advanced Micro Devices will update its lineup of business-class central processing units next year with its high-performance chips based on Bulldozer micro-architecture. Available a little later than code-named Zambezi desktop chips, the B-series processors will massively increase performance of AMD's chips aimed at commercial users.
Based on the information obtained from various sources with knowledge of the matter, there will be at least one B-series AMD processor powered by Zambezi design released in Q3 2011 (it is logical to assume that the chip will belong to AMD B100-series products). The chip will have 95W thermal design power and up to eight cores, but precise specs are not available at this point. The Bulldozer-based processor will complement existing Phenom II and Athlon II B-series chips and will compete against Intel's high-end chips for commercial desktops.
The code-named Kodiak Refresh commercial desktop platform is that it will be based on AMD 880G core-logic - which is current-generation chipset with DX10.1 graphics core and UVD 2.0 video-engine - with a new I/O controller that will bring support for Serial ATA-600. Since Zambezi chips come in AM3+ form-factor, the updated Kodiak will feature the socket that also supports currently available AM3 central processing units.
It is interesting to note that AMD decided to postpone its code-named Carina business desktop platform that is supposed to be based on Llano accelerated processing units from Q3 2011 to a later date. The reason for such move is more or less logical: the company will obtain its Llano later than it originally expected and will not be able to supply a complex platform to clients demanding maximum reliability possible.
AMD did not comment on the news-story.