AMD’s Dual-Core Desktop Chip Due in June - Report

AMD’s Toledo to Emerge in June, Sources Suggest

by Anton Shilov
04/10/2005 | 09:04 PM

With dual-core server chips of Advanced Micro Devices possibly slated to be introduced on the 21st of April, some sources suggest that the first desktop dual-core microprocessors from the company will be on the market by the end of June.

 

“AMD will announce at an event on April 21 in New York that the first dual-core Opteron processors are available, months ahead of schedule, sources familiar with the situation said. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based chipmaker also is expected to announce its dual-core chips for personal computers will go on sale in June,” a news-story by CNET News.com claims.

The probable prospective plan of Advanced Micro Devices suggests that AMD will launch AMD Opteron 200- and 800-series dual-core processors at 1.80GHz, 2.0GHz and 2.20GHz in the second quarter of 2005. The operating frequencies of AMD’s desktop dual-core chips are unclear, but usually the company’s desktop processors operate at a bit higher clock-speed compared to the company’s server products.

Both Advanced Micro Devices and its larger rival Intel Corp. are on the forefront to introduce their x86 processors with two computing engines instead of traditional one.  But the two companies have slightly different approaches to do this. AMD plans to firstly unveil its server-aimed dual-core Opteron processors and then follow with desktop-oriented dual-core Athlon 64 chip, which is code-named Toledo, in the second half of the year. Intel intends to commercially release its desktop Pentium D and Pentium Extreme Edition chips in May with dual-engine Xeon processor entering the market in early 2006.

AMD’s dual-core processors for desktops and servers are expected to be able to operate within existing Socket 939 and Socket 940 infrastructures provided that the mainboards have BIOS support for them.

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