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Advanced Micro Devices has once again redesigned the launch family of its FX-series microprocessors code-named Zambezi so that to make it broader and more competitive, a source with knowledge of the company's plans revealed. However, the company, as reported last week, delayed the launch of the new chips, which are based on highly-anticipated Bulldozer micro-architecture, to October, 2011.

In a bid to improve competitive positions of its FX-series "Zambezi" lineup due to become available in the fourth quarter of this year, AMD decided to broaden it to seven models: four eight-core FX-8100 versions, one FX-6100 flavour and two FX-4100 central processing units, according to a source close to the company, which asked to remain anonymous. The increased amount of SKUs [stock keeping units] will help AMD to better position its models and make them appealing to particular customers with unique needs.

In addition to the model FX-8120 (which will be available in 95W and 125W flavours), which fills the gap between the FX-8100 and FX-8150 and allows AMD to broader the lineup of expensive eight core-chips, AMD also plans to introduce high-speed quad-core FX-4170, which will have default clock-speed of 4.20GHz and will thus offer extreme performance for its price-point.

But while it looks like AMD will offer more Bulldozer-based products this year than originally anticipated, it will start to roll them out only in mid-October, the same source indicated. The reason for the yet another delay of Bulldozer-based offerings is unclear, but AMD is set to begin production of the final versions of Zambezi in early September, which probably means low volumes of the products that will be available in the coming weeks.

A good news for AMD and its customers is that the company is on-track to refresh the lineup of its FX-series in mid-Q1 2012, according to some indications.

AMD Orochi design is the company's next-generation processor for high-end desktop (Zambezi) and server (Valencia) markets. The chip will feature up to eight processing engines, but since it is based on Bulldozer micro-architecture, those cores will be packed into four modules. Every module which will have two independent integer cores (that will share fetch, decode and L2 functionality) with dedicated schedulers, one "Flex FP" floating point unit with two 128-bit FMAC pipes with one FP scheduler. The chip will have up to 8MB L2 cache, shared 8MB L3 cache, new dual-channel DDR3 memory controller and will use HyperTransport 3.1 bus. The Zambezi chips will use new AM3+ form-factor and will require brand new platforms.

AMD did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: AMD, Bulldozer, Zambezi, Orochi, 32nm


Comments currently: 28
Discussion started: 09/06/11 01:49:23 PM
Latest comment: 07/13/16 11:02:47 AM
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I heard that Diabo 3 might release this year also.
4 2 [Posted by: Astral Abyss  | Date: 09/06/11 01:49:23 PM]

Is that because of this News?:
"Intel Reveals 16 New Sandy Bridge CPUs & Price Cuts"
2 2 [Posted by: Pouria  | Date: 09/06/11 02:10:38 PM]
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the price cuts are tiny, and the new cores are all aimed at lower priced markets.
0 0 [Posted by: Countess  | Date: 09/07/11 07:25:00 AM]

WTF AMD, are you joking? This is s**t. I hope this is because your chips are powerful and you don't want to launch a good product only to find it buried under the attention of the Sandy Bridge-E launch.

Intel has restructured its lineup and has lowered the prices about 10%, maybe they'll lower prices further in the near future.
3 4 [Posted by: Filiprino  | Date: 09/06/11 02:40:25 PM]

Oh, you are kidding me.
4 4 [Posted by: FLA  | Date: 09/06/11 02:48:53 PM]

show the post
3 11 [Posted by: Tristan  | Date: 09/06/11 03:06:47 PM]

Another bad news for AMD:

Seriously They need a whole new website from scratch with all new programmers too
2 3 [Posted by: Pouria  | Date: 09/06/11 03:14:32 PM]
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that site was hosted by a 3de party, and its that party that made the mistake.
1 0 [Posted by: Countess  | Date: 09/07/11 07:25:43 AM]
Im proud of taking thumbs down from idiots who cannot spell AMD well still...
0 0 [Posted by: Pouria  | Date: 09/07/11 12:45:20 PM]

show the post
3 8 [Posted by: visz963  | Date: 09/06/11 03:34:40 PM]

show the post
4 7 [Posted by: Nintendork  | Date: 09/06/11 03:51:16 PM]

the company is on-track to refresh the lineup of its FX-series in mid-Q1 2011

You mean 2012. Not that hard to work out, seeing as Q1 this year has gone already.
6 3 [Posted by: GavinT  | Date: 09/06/11 04:14:16 PM]
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I love how someone gave me a thumbs down for that. Thanks, whoever you are!
4 1 [Posted by: GavinT  | Date: 09/06/11 05:15:10 PM]
Believe it or not they throw me thumbs down in xbit for something like this:
"Thanks for the review!" Ive posted......
0 0 [Posted by: Pouria  | Date: 09/07/11 01:34:42 AM]

a source with knowledge of the company's plans revealed.

Is not a source.
Come back when we have some real news.
3 4 [Posted by: 1771_bx  | Date: 09/06/11 04:37:12 PM]

When I have been to tech shows, the AMD girls were often prettier.
5 1 [Posted by: tivler  | Date: 09/06/11 05:02:27 PM]
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Thats all that matters!
0 0 [Posted by: campdude  | Date: 09/06/11 09:57:09 PM]

one reliable source from a rat hidden tightly inside that 300mm fab indicated that there is no bulldozer,no zambazi, neither sandy E just cough up the BIG $ and get your best choice on those already out and ready. for those supposedly high performance chips won't be ready until late 2012 or much later.

-- have fun w8ing. just do not chew your tongue and teeth while w8ting.
2 2 [Posted by: idonotknow  | Date: 09/06/11 10:45:39 PM]

this is total BS, I've been waiting since July with my new case, psu, blu ray burner, hard drives, ssd, etc... If it doesn't come out before Ivy Bridge, I'm going back to Intel. I hate waiting for delays.
1 3 [Posted by: jewie27  | Date: 09/07/11 02:09:16 AM]
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Why would you wait all this time with all parts ready at hand? Think about it: SB is 2 full generations ahead of Phenom II. You really expect BD to be that much faster if it at all? Just grab what's available when you build your system and reassess in 3-4 years when you upgrade against. It's not like SB chips are slow....
0 1 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 09/07/11 06:44:14 AM]
Why can't BD be two generations faster? Intel made it with Conroe. It crushed Pentium 4s with much lower clocks.
0 1 [Posted by: Filiprino  | Date: 09/07/11 08:50:39 AM]

Damn the FX 4710 clock at 4.2ghz defualt? That has to be a record for the highest manufactured clocked processor.
4 0 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 09/07/11 02:41:57 AM]
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Its a high clock, but not the highest to date: one particular processor based on Westmere was clocked at 4.4 Ghz.

check it out: http://www.xtremesystems....4-Ghz-Westmere-dual-cores.

I know it is, in the end, a dual-core, BUT based on a six-core die.

As such AMDs BD might rock, but (from the pure Mhz point-of-view, leaving IPC etc. intentionally out) this dual-core was the highest standard clocked processor (between Intel and AMD) to date. IBM etc. are not included in this deliberation.
0 0 [Posted by: shrivan  | Date: 09/07/11 04:45:50 AM]
they haven't been shipped yet and as of now from what i read they are still samples.
0 0 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 09/07/11 12:24:57 PM]

Strategic overview? (Personal opinion)

(1) New CEO wants to be more aggressive.

(2) Initial product release was a bit sparse in SKUs. (To the new CEO's eyes.)

(3) More SKUs planned for initial release...Cost is another month in delays.

(4) 2012 Roadmap changed as well. Komodo and its Corona platform gets canned in favour of Vishera and its Volan platform. (Re-use Socket AM3+ and revise existing chipset. Focus on bettering architecture performance for the 2nd generation).
2 0 [Posted by: aussiebear  | Date: 09/07/11 06:04:01 AM]
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LOL! You think a CEO who came within days into the firm is going to make these major changes? He is probably still reading the corporate structure of AMD and familiarizing himself with the campus.
0 2 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 09/07/11 06:45:48 AM]
He is probably still reading the corporate structure of AMD and familiarizing himself with the campus.

Um no, you do that before you take the job not after you start, as far as decisions go, CEO's can do whatever they want, wouldn't surprise me in the least if he was behind these last minute market positioning tweaks
1 2 [Posted by: veli05  | Date: 09/07/11 12:20:56 PM]


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