by Anton Shilov
09/21/2012 | 11:13 PM
Advanced Micro Devices plans to formally unveil its next-generation AMD FX-series central processing units in October, sources told X-bit labs. The chip is expected to improve AMD's positions on performance microprocessor market and will provide an upgrade point to owners of ill-fated FX "Bulldozer" family.
AMD plans to formally unwrap its long-awaited performance chip code-named Vishera on the 23th of October , according to a source. The launch details are scarce at the moment and we do not exactly know whether the company intends to unlock embargo on product reviews only, or start a massive product launch with high-availability. In previous cases, the company started to sell the product in high volume in the channel the same day as produce reviews hit the Internet.
It is expected that at least four models of the new FX multi-core chips with Piledriver micro-architecture - FX-8350, FX8320, FX-6300 and FX-4300 - will become available in almost exactly a month time. Official prices are unknown.
AMD FX "Vishera" central processing units sport up to eight Piledriver (second-generation Bulldozer) x86 cores, dual-channel DDR3 memory controller, 8MB L3 cache, Turbo Core 3.0 dynamic performance boosting technology, new instructions and other improvements. AMD expects Piledriver to offer 10% - 15% better x86 performance than Bulldozer. Piledriver x86 cores use a new resonant clock mesh technology developed by Cyclos Semiconductor, which allows to cut power consumption by 10%, or boost clock-speed by 10% (compared to Bulldozer) without increase of TDP. The new AMD FX chips are compatible with AM3+ infrastructure as well as Scorpius platform featuring AMD 990FX core-logic sets.