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The latest AMD roadmap reveals some of the finer points about AM2 launch and schedule times
Athlon 64 5400+, FX-64, Energy Efficient Athlons and AM2 details revealed

AMD has been quite the busy bee lately.  The Athlon FX-60 launched a few weeks ago, the Opteron x85 series launches in a few weeks, and the whole platform will get an overhaul in early June.  AMD's latest roadmap reveals more about all of these projects and adds several more that have not yet been disclosed.

AMD's newest roadmaps claim the new 940 pin Socket AM2 will launch at Computex Taipei on June 6, 2006... that's 6-6-6 for those of you playing at home. The AM2 socket is not compatible with existing Socket 940 CPUs, but will allow AM2 processors to utilize up to DDR2-800. 

Athlon 64, Athlon 64 X2, Athlon 64 FX and Sempron will all use the AM2 socket.  The unified socket should alleviate many of the nightmares system builders experienced during the Socket 754/939 haydays -- and will also help AMD consolidate its manufacturing.
 
AMD Desktop Processor Roadmap 2006
Processor
Socket
Core
TDP
Launch Date
Athlon 64 FX-64
AM2
Dual
???
Q1'07
Athlon 64 FX-62
AM2
Dual
125W
6/6/06
Athlon 64 FX-60
939
Dual
110W
Now
Athlon 64 5400+
AM2
Dual
???
Q1'07
Athlon 64 5200+
AM2
Dual
???
Q3'06
Athlon 64 5000+
AM2
Dual
89W
6/6/06
Athlon 64 4800+
AM2
Dual
89W
6/6/06
Athlon 64 4600+
AM2
Dual
89W
6/6/06
Athlon 64 4400+
AM2
Dual
89W
6/6/06
Athlon 64 4200+
AM2
Dual
89W
6/6/06
Athlon 64 3800+
AM2
Dual
89W
6/6/06
Athlon 64 3800+
AM2
Single
62W
6/6/06
Athlon 64 3500+
AM2
Single
62W
6/6/06

You may notice the TDP on the Athlon 64 FX-62 has been increased to 125W. 

Like Intel, there was a large emphasis on TDP this time around.  The Athlon FX series is approaching thermal envelopes reminiscent of Prescott, and it seems clear to all parties involved that something more innovative needs to occur to counter that trend. 

AMD will also soon unveil a new set of desktop Sempron and Athlon 64s specifically geared for HTPC and other low noise / low power devices.  The goal is to build processors that do not need a lot of cooling -- specifically to reduce the noise of the overall system to the 27dBA range for idle and 30dBA under load.  One of the upcoming Windows MCE requirements for CPUs is that the processor fan not exceed 30dBA for MCE certification.

The Energy Efficient CPUs will have a slightly redesigned Sleep, Power and Suspend states.  These states are controlled by the operating system, but will require BIOS updates.   

AMD Energy Efficient Desktop Models
Processor
Socket
Core
Wattage
Launch Date
Athlon 64 4800+
AM2
Dual
65W
Q3'06
Athlon 64 4600+
AM2
Dual
65W
6/6/06
Athlon 64 4400+
939
Dual
65W
6/6/06
Athlon 64 4200+
AM2
Dual
65W
6/6/06
Athlon 64 4000+
AM2
Dual
65W
6/6/06
Athlon 64 3800+
AM2
Dual
35W
6/6/06
Athlon 64 3800+
AM2
Dual
65W
6/6/06
Athlon 64 3500+
AM2
Single
35W
6/6/06
Sempron 3500+
AM2
Single
35W
Q4'06
Sempron 3400+
AM2
Single
35W
6/6/06
Sempron 3200+
AM2
Single
35W
6/6/06
Sempron 3000+
AM2
Single
35W
6/6/06

The Energy Efficient Athlon 64 3800+ rated at 35W is not a typo -- AMD actually has a dual core 35W processor on the roadmap.  This bodes well for dual core Turions. 




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