by Anton Shilov
05/03/2006 | 03:11 PM
Advanced Micro Devices has been relatively open in terms of its technology and platform roadmap, however, the firm is extremely tight-lipped about specifications or features of concrete products. Nevertheless, as web-site has published details concerning AMD’s quad-core processors be released within the next two years.
According to a part of a slide published at HKEPC web-site, there are code-named Deerhound, Greyhound,
The first quad-core chip from AMD is reported to be Deerhound, which will be intended for Socket F infrastructure and will have shared level-two cache along with dual-channel registered DDR2 memory controller. The processor is projected to emerge in the second half of 2007, around half a year later compared to arch-rival Intel Corp.’s Clovertown processor aimed at the same market segment.
AMD’s second quad-core chip is code-named Greyhound, it is reportedly designed for desktops, also sports shared level-two cache, but features DDR2/3 memory controller as well as HyperTransport 3 interface, which means that it will require a new infrastructure. The Greyhound processor is expected to arrive in the first half of 2008, about a year after Intel’s quad-core Kentsfield chip for desktops.
The Deerhound processor for high-performance servers will be reportedly succeeded by the code-named
Earlier it was reported based on AMD’s claims that by 2008 AMD is set to introduce its so-called Direct Connect architecture 2.0 that would improve interconnection between processors and processing engines within a chip. The new interconnection architecture would allow more than 8 processors to be connected in a single coherent memory system without the need for additional logic devices. The company plans to offer the architecture that will allow to easily build up to 32-way systems. It was also unveiled that AMD plans to commercially launch quad-core chips, Hyper-Transport 3.0 interconnection protocol, extend AMD64 instruction set, as well as add FB-DIMM support for server processors in 2007. Support of DDR3 memory in 2008 was also officially confirmed.
AMD did not comment on the news-story.