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AMD unleashes a deluge of codenames that would make the X-Men proud

AMD is working hard to regain the market share it lost to Intel -- many analysts say that if AMD wants to mount an effective comeback it needs to launch products that will compete well in the marketplace.

InformationWeek reports that AMD has laid out its plans at an analyst's day for future processors and chipsets. AMD talked up its coming Intel Atom competitor codenamed Yukon. The Yukon platform will be used in netbooks, which are one of the fastest growing notebook segments today.

AMD isn't alone in wanting to compete with Intel's Atom processor for netbooks. Yesterday, ARM announced that it would be entering into the netbook market with products of its own. AMD says that Yukon will be available in the first quarter of 2009.

Part of the Yukon platform will be a so-called slim processor carrying the codename Bobcat. When Bobcat is combined with a chipset, it will have a total power consumption of under 25 watts.

Plans for AMD in the low power, low-cost realm include Brazos expected to ship in 2011 for the notebook market. The platform will include a system on a chip implementation of Bobcat with the codename Ontario. The change from DDR2 to DDR3 will be supported by the Brazos platform.

Also in 2011, AMD plans to introduce another platform with the codename Sabine. Sabine will use what AMD calls an accelerated processing unit or APU going by the codename Llano. APU is AMD speak for a CPU and a graphics processor on one piece of silicon. AMD expects Sabine to bring significant power savings to notebook computers.

AMD also has something up its sleeve for mainstream notebook users planned for release in the second half of 2009 that includes a new platform called Tigris. The platform will feature 45nm dual and single-core processors with the codename Caspian along with the RS880M and SB710 chipsets. The follow-up to Tigris set for a 2010 release is called Danube, which will use AMDs first quad-core mobile processor.

AMD will be introducing a new high-end desktop platform early in 2009 called Dragon. Dragon will use 45nm Phenom II X4 quad-core Deneb processors and Radeon HD 4800 graphics. Kodiak 45nm Phenom processors for business computers are set for release at the same time.

In the second half of 2009 AMD will introduce Pisces, a platform using 45nm Phenom II quad and triple-core CPUs with support for DDR3 memory. The platform will also use the coming AMD RS880 chipset. A new home theater platform is coming before the end of 2008 called Maui that promises to link Vista Home Premium and Ultimate to devices needed for HD TV viewing.

While Shanghai was only made available yesterday, AMD is already talking about its follow-up called Istanbul. These processors will be six-core parts that will ship in the second half of 2009. In the first half of 2010, AMD has plans to ship its next-generation platform called Maranello. Maranello will require a new socket and offer enhancements like DDR3 memory and AMDs first 12-core processors codenamed Magny-Cours along with a new six-core Sao Paolo parts.



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No Info on Bulldozer
By phatboye on 11/14/2008 1:51:01 PM , Rating: 2
What I'm most interested in is the so called bulldozer core comming from AMD. No word on the current state of that CPU?




RE: No Info on Bulldozer
By Mitch101 on 11/14/2008 2:01:16 PM , Rating: 2
Its called Orochi now,
32nm, Quad core, 8M of cache, DDR3, Available 2011


RE: No Info on Bulldozer
By phatboye on 11/14/2008 2:10:18 PM , Rating: 2
Ahh thx man.


RE: No Info on Bulldozer
By Mitch101 on 11/14/2008 2:11:52 PM , Rating: 2
No prob I cant wait to see what it can do. I'm hoping this will close the gap and get us a lot more physics use in games.


RE: No Info on Bulldozer
By phazers on 11/14/2008 2:32:59 PM , Rating: 1
Is that pronounced "Oh Roachee"? Let's hope it's not as buggy as Barcie was :)


RE: No Info on Bulldozer
By Freddo on 11/14/2008 3:17:20 PM , Rating: 2
Looks japanese to me, so o-ro-chi.


RE: No Info on Bulldozer
By rollakid on 11/14/2008 6:41:40 PM , Rating: 2
If it's in Japanese it would mean a "big snake".


RE: No Info on Bulldozer
By Silver2k7 on 11/16/2008 2:58:16 AM , Rating: 3
Orochi is a mythical creature, a snake monster with 8 heads

"Yamata no Orochi ("eight-forked serpent")...The terrible dragon had eight heads and eight tails, stretched over eight hills and was said to have eyes as red as good wine."


RE: No Info on Bulldozer
By shaw on 11/14/2008 2:57:31 PM , Rating: 3
For it to be Orochi it would have to be Octo-core, then I'd buy it just on the name.


RE: No Info on Bulldozer
By Clauzii on 11/14/2008 10:33:36 PM , Rating: 5
Found this filed under 'ORICHI':

"Once upon a time, there was a dragon called Yamatano Orochi. It's eyes were red like boiling blood and had eight heads and eight tails with the length of eight valleys and it's body was always soaked with blood. Every year, this monster took a virgin from a village as a sacrifice. Samurai called SUSANOO - heard his strategy, then he made OROCHI to drink sake and while it's sleeping, he slays eight heads apart. After 2000 years, now it ’s return for samurai."

From the site of the 'Japanese Samurai Kabuki Rock Band in Australia': http://www.orochijyo.cjb.net/

--

Almost like some weird AMD dream if it gets a few changes:

"Once upon a time, there was a platform with a CPU called Orochi. It's companion GPU were red like boiling blood. It had eight cores and eight memory channels with eight memory slots and it was always in sync with the ring-bus. Every year, this monster took an ARM from the market as a sacrifice. The ARM boss called IBM - heard his strategy, then he made Orichi to drown in information and while it was slowing down, he cuts the power, one by one, to the cores.

After what seems an eternity, now it ’s return for another Dragon."


RE: No Info on Bulldozer
By phatboye on 11/15/2008 10:55:02 AM , Rating: 2
According to this article

http://www.tgdaily.com/content/view/40186/135/

Orochi is not the new name for bulldozer, but a CPU based off multiple bulldozer cores.


RE: No Info on Bulldozer
By porkpie on 11/16/2008 5:24:07 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
32nm, Quad core, 8M of cache, DDR3, Available 2011 "
Is it just me, or do those specs look weak as **** for a high-end part not available for a full 3 years from now? Intel will have EIGHT-core 32 nm parts in 2009, two whole years before AMD debuts these.


RE: No Info on Bulldozer
By Mitch101 on 11/17/2008 12:26:25 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry I have to correct myself.

Orochi (Bulldozer)
32nm
> 4 Cores
> 8M Cache
DDR3
Available 2011

Llano (Fusion???)
32nm
4 Cores
4M Cache
DDR3
GPU
Available 2011

Ontario (Bobcat)
32nm
2 cores
1M Cache
GPU
Sorry I have to correct myself.

Orochi (Bulldozer)
32nm
> 4 Cores
> 8M Cache
DDR3
Available 2011

Llano (Fusion???)
32nm
4 Cores
4M Cache
DDR3
GPU
Available 2011

Ontario (Bobcat)
32nm
2 cores
1M Cache
GPU
Available 2011

The above info on the 8 headed monster sounds like great info on Orochi and lines up with the 8 cores.


RE: No Info on Bulldozer
By Mitch101 on 11/17/2008 12:27:38 AM , Rating: 2
Not sure how it double posted like that?


Theme
By Spivonious on 11/14/2008 2:25:44 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sensing a "world rivers" theme.




RE: Theme
By andylawcc on 11/14/2008 2:41:21 PM , Rating: 2
oh, those are rivers? I guess I need to retake world geography 101 (I only recognized Tigris).

anyway, those are some kickass names as Shaun mentioned.


RE: Theme
By slashbinslashbash on 11/14/2008 3:36:48 PM , Rating: 2
Brazos, Sabine, and Llano are all in Texas.


RE: Theme
By samoak54 on 11/14/2008 4:24:33 PM , Rating: 2
Yukon is also a river, as well as Danube. :-)


RE: Theme
By foolsgambit11 on 11/14/2008 7:47:25 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, it certainly seems like the platforms are going on a river theme, but some of the processors confuse things - Bobcat? Dragon? I mean, maybe there are rivers named that. But it would make sense to have platforms on one naming scheme and processors on another scheme.


RE: Theme
By Clauzii on 11/14/2008 10:38:00 PM , Rating: 2
'Danube' also means 'To flow' or 'To run' which all of the new stuff hopefully will :)


RE: Theme
By wordsworm on 11/20/2008 10:18:41 AM , Rating: 2
Yukon is a Canadian territory, and Ontario a province. Are they trying to tempt the Soviet Canuckistanis into buying their products?


Important observation
By fishbits on 11/14/2008 3:10:38 PM , Rating: 5
"many analysts say that if AMD wants to mount an effective comeback it needs to launch products that will compete well in the marketplace" Thank goodness for analysts! That's the kind of staggeringly powerful insight the industry needs.

Looking forward to these releases, especially Bobcat in the near term. Been eyeing netbooks lately, and while current prices are good for the form-factor, would like something peppier than the serviceable Atom for the same price if possible. Doubt I'll hold off longer than the cited 1Q '09, so hope AMD can deliver.




RE: Important observation
By BruceLeet on 11/15/2008 4:36:22 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Thank goodness for analysts! That's the kind of staggeringly powerful insight the industry needs.


When I read that piece I felt compelled to post exactly that but resisted, atleast someone said it.


RE: Important observation
By Regs on 11/19/2008 9:05:22 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Been eyeing netbooks lately


Exactly. AMD will need to concentrate on notebooks because that's where everything is selling. More mobile business solutions.


Yukon / Bobcat
By Donkeyshins on 11/14/2008 2:44:05 PM , Rating: 2
I hope AMD releases a mini-ITX or mATX version of this platform - sounds as if it would make a great home server (especially since it isn't crippled efficiency-wise like Atom by being matched with the 945G chipset).




RE: Yukon / Bobcat
By rollakid on 11/14/2008 6:42:35 PM , Rating: 2
Now you mentioned it... where the hell is DTX?


RE: Yukon / Bobcat
By neon on 11/15/2008 5:57:12 PM , Rating: 2
Good question. There have been no news updates at the official DTX form factor site for over a year.

My guess is that the DTX staff got axed in one of AMD's recent layoffs.


City names
By JS on 11/17/2008 12:30:14 AM , Rating: 3
I hope their names weren't based on the processor's qualities.

Would be a pity if São Paulo turned out to be an energy inefficient, horribly planned CPU with rampant corruption problems and bus traffic so slow you want to cry. Well, at least it probably won't kill you for your shoes.




Oh well
By atlmann10 on 11/17/2008 12:52:27 AM , Rating: 2
Been waiting and waiting for AMD to release something but guess I'm gonna have to give up. I am gonna have to build a few new systems next year. I'm not wasting my money that is pre-build outperformed by and Intel cpu to the second power. My laptop already is better than either of my desktops now. Only because it's running a Centrino 2 and ddr3 (yes it's a gateway P-7811FX). But my OC'd x2's on 4 gigs of ddr (yeah it's oc'd to) are running out of time and quick. Loved ya while it lasted AMD!!!!!!




Beastly...
By excrucio on 11/14/2008 10:07:12 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
AMD RS880 chipset


that sounds beastly. I guess the RS plus the 8 makes some good mix.




AMD needs one GOOD CPU
By 13Gigatons on 11/15/2008 10:30:45 AM , Rating: 1
All these silly codenames and models and they still have yet to produced anything that is remotely good against what Intel is offering in the same price class.

I miss the x2 versus Pentium D days. :(




RE: AMD needs one GOOD CPU
By FaceMaster on 11/16/08, Rating: 0
Garlic, Onion
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