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Advanced Micro Devices has altered its high-end desktop product plans for next year and cancelled its Komodo central processing unit (CPU) with eight or ten processing cores as well as canned Corona platform. The modified roadmap of AMD includes Vishera microprocessors with up to eight cores as well as Volan/Scrorpius refresh platform.

Not a lot is known about AMD's code-named Vishera chips, which are projected to succeed AMD FX "Zambezi" processors next year. People with knowledge of the matter indicated that the CPUs sport up to eight Piledriver (next-generation Bulldozer) x86 cores, dual-channel DDR3 memory controller and are compatible with AM3+ infrastructure as well as Scorpius platform featuring AMD 990FX core-logic sets. Although the new platform has its own code-name "Volan", some sources refer to it as "Scorpius Refresh".

AMD's Komodo CPUs were officially announced by AMD in early November, 2010. The chip was supposed to have up to eight next-generation Bulldozer (Piledriver) cores. Indirectly though, AMD implied that the number of cores inside Komodo may be as high as ten and the design of the chip is similar to Sepang (a server chip for 1-2 socket machines), which features triple-channel memory controller and integrated PCI Express 3.0 controller. Unofficial sources later confirmed that Komodo was supposed to have ten Piledriver cores, utilize Fusion Controller Hub (meaning built-in PCIe 3.0 and a new form-factor) and be the base of AMD's Corona platform. Integration of PCIe into microprocessors speeds up data transactions between CPU and graphics cards, a necessary thing for high-end desktops and workstations.

If assumptions and unofficial bits of information about Komodo and Corona are correct, then it is clear that Vishera CPUs and Volan/Scorpius Refresh are considerably less progressive than previously planned products. Apparently, AMD will not have high-end desktop platforms with PCI Express 3.0 support in 2012, if the information about the adjustment of plans is correct. Given that cancellations of such type do not usually happen because of business decisions, the change of plans may indicate technical problems with Komodo.

It remains to be seen whether such problems will also affect AMD's server roadmap. The company's 2012 chips for servers - Terramar with up to 20 "Piledriver" cores for G2012 platform and Sepang with up to 10 "Piledriver" cores for C2012 platform - are planned to have built-in PCI Express 3.0 controllers and rely on brand new Server Controller Hub (SCH) core-logic architecture.

AMD's FX-microprocessors code-named Vishera are projected to hit the market in the third quarter of 2012, but it is unclear whether it will be early July or late September.

AMD usually does not comment on unofficial information about its future products.

Tags: AMD, Bulldozer, Piledriver, Vishera, Volan, Komodo, Corona, PCI Express, Terramar, Sepang, 32nm

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It's going to be a miracle if AMD launches 1st generation Bulldozer on time in reasonable quantities before end of Q4 2011. Nevermind Vishera chips. One step at a time. Things are looking really bad lately for AMD's CPU division. 9 months late after Sandy Bridge launched and no sign of Bulldozer, and looks like refresh of Bulldozer is also going to be scaled back. Come on AMD!! Don't fold.
1 1 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 09/06/11 09:04:21 PM]
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ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

This whole ordeal is taking a turn towards a tragic outcome, and I don't like it.
1 3 [Posted by: FLA  | Date: 09/06/11 10:53:52 PM]
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no, this is a good thing. the new CPU's are compatible with AM3+, the old ones were not.
1 0 [Posted by: Countess  | Date: 09/08/11 01:17:05 AM]
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nice bullshit... :-D

And Komodo is what, xBitlabs?,-) Komodo is and was every time refresh of Scorpius in new socket with integrated PCIe link in CPU. If u seen fake roadmap with BD for 2011-2012 and u are not stupid, look again at it.
1)ddr3 1600MHz for FX? No, its not correct
2)Piledriver cores 4? No, its not real much against IB at the same process and with the same SB/NB.

Thinking about it. All from XS news is not right
http://www.xtremesystems....mp;viewfull=1#post4943506
0 1 [Posted by: flanker-xtremesystems  | Date: 09/06/11 11:50:07 PM]
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Thought about where xbit got the Volan&Vishera code-names, which were not previously mentioned?
The 4Gamer slides have lots of errors, but the core information might nevertheless be true.
1 0 [Posted by: Bingle  | Date: 09/07/11 02:44:24 AM]
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Wow, their new fresh CEO enters into action. Let us hope he do something good, before lose his steam.
1 0 [Posted by: Tristan  | Date: 09/07/11 12:44:54 AM]
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AMD's new CEO took Leveno from almost going under to super greatness. AMD is here to stay, once they eventually release Bulldozer, it should be an easy uphill battle.

Mark my words People: AMD extending Socket AM3+ was the best move for the company, and therefore should help Bulldozer sales by far, giving the buyers reason to buy due to it's dedicated AM3+ extended support.

I was going to wait for FM2, but not anymore, here I come ASUS Crosshair V Formula (ROG), best S AM3+ mobo in existence... Good Job AMD...
0 0 [Posted by: nt300  | Date: 09/29/11 07:01:23 AM]
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I Like This

"AMD usually does not comment on unofficial information about its future products."

Ah Yeah..no body want to know this right now, where is the bulldozer?
1 0 [Posted by: Rahmat Sofyan  | Date: 09/07/11 04:52:26 AM]
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AMD has lacked real vision, innovation and leadership ever since Jerry Sander's departure. This new "low-Margin" PC integrator CEO pretty much spells the end of the road for AMD.
0 2 [Posted by: Narmer  | Date: 09/07/11 10:36:44 AM]
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Doom has been spelt on AMD since times prehistoric.

So what? They keep doing their thing and coming up with innovative stuff. A chunk of my 2012 budget is reserved for a nice Trinity based laptop, and I believe many of us are voting with their money.

I seriously doubt "the end of road for AMD" is somewhere close.

1 0 [Posted by: ilya80  | Date: 09/08/11 11:16:33 PM]
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This means if you buy into BD and AM3+ now, you'll be able to swap it out for one of these bad boys in the future without needing a whole new socket (which correct me if I'm wrong, used to be the plan).
1 0 [Posted by: London  | Date: 09/07/11 09:05:38 PM]
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I think I'll wait official confirmation from AMD before believing any of this.
2 0 [Posted by: nscizor  | Date: 09/07/11 09:44:23 PM]
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Good news for those who jumped the gun and got an AM3+ motherboard. (if this is true)

Right now PCIE 2.0 isnt maxed out.
Tripple Channel Doesnt really increase frame-rate.

In terms of gaming its not a huge problem.
But those seeking these High End features will stick with intel.

The only thing that is a bit strange is the HD 7000 series is supposed to be PCIE 3.0...
1 0 [Posted by: campdude  | Date: 09/08/11 11:04:36 AM]
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Yes, you are right about PCIe 3.0. But they will still work wonderfully on existing PCIe 2.0. Anyhow 3.0 is way overkill. The hardware is here, the problem is the lazy software developers. They need to learn how to write code so we can utilize the hardwares complete potential.

Anyway I am skipping HD 7000 series and moving to HD 8000 series when released. In the meantime I am sure another HD 6970 should buy me some CrossfireX time until then.
0 0 [Posted by: nt300  | Date: 09/29/11 07:11:34 AM]
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