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This Opteron 2352 was manufactured in the 7th week of 2008, as denoted by the date right below the product number.  (Source: DailyTech)

B2 stepping Opterons, like the "pre-production" model that found its way to IsoHunt, carry the "GD" identifier in the SKU  (Source: IsoHunt)
AMD puts its processor lineup back on track

Hark!  The long awaited B3 stepping of AMD's Opteron and Phenom finally made its way to system integrators this week.

AMD made it virtually impossible to obtain any K10-based Opteron processors after the TLB bug caught the world's attention last December.  Desktop Phenom processors continued to ship, though the BIOS workaround for the TLB race condition severely hampered performance on some benchmarks.

The vendor who obtained the B3 sample photographed (right) couldn't be more ecstatic.  "There's been no Opterons since November.  We've even been shipping Socket F Opterons to fill AMD orders.   This is a big deal," he tells DailyTech.

"Pre-production" Opterons sent to Torrent search engine IsoHunt last February were later revealed as gray-market B2 stepped processors, which AMD tracked to October 2007 samples.

In addition to fixing the TLB race condition, AMD will finally increase the core frequency of the Opteron series on the B3 stepping.  After the initial OEM orders are filled, channel vendors like Newegg and TigerDirect will carry the new Opterons in frequencies ranging from 1.8 GHz to 2.4 GHz.  Vendor estimates put this e-tailer ship date in early April.

AMD roadmaps also indicate the Phenom and Opteron lines will reach 2.6 GHz before this Fall on the new B3 stepping.  In 2009 both lines will transition from the 65nm to the 45nm process node, codenamed Shanghai, with additional SKUs at higher clock frequencies. 

B3 Opterons can be easily identified by the "GH" as opposed to "GD" at the end of the product number. With the exception of Phenom and Opteron SE processors, AMD emphasizes to DailyTech that no vendor should be selling or distributing "GD," and customers who obtain these older B2 steppings should contact their local AMD distributor. 


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RE: Is 45nm definitely 2009?
By Mitch101 on 3/12/2008 5:04:40 PM , Rating: 3
AMD SOI 45nm = So far 20% speed improvement and expected sometime around October/November 2008

AMD high-k gates = Possible big speed improvements no way to speculate at this time. Not expected in 2008. From what I hear this is not going so well for AMD but if IBM has a hand then maybe X-mas comes early for AMD.

2009/2010 All bets are off.
1-IBM is giving away the 32nm process secrets to level the playing field in manufacturing.
2-BullDozer - Will make or break AMD.

I think in 2008 AMD will save face but in 2009/2010 we might see AMD show its teeth again.


RE: Is 45nm definitely 2009?
By Smooth2o on 3/12/2008 5:37:15 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
AMD SOI 45nm = So far 20% speed improvement and expected sometime around October/November 2008


AMD needs 45nm just to stay alive. A 20% speed improvement won't match what Intel has today.

quote:
AMD high-k gates = Possible big speed improvements no way to speculate at this time. Not expected in 2008. From what I hear this is not going so well for AMD but if IBM has a hand then maybe X-mas comes early for AMD.


Nah. Won't happen until 2009 late.

quote:
IBM is giving away the 32nm process secrets to level the playing field in manufacturing.


IBM never gave ANYTHING away. Don't assume the IBM process is anything like the AMD process. Both companies have different goals/needs.

quote:
BullDozer - Will make or break AMD.


Nehelem was just pulled in to Q3. That should take care of Bulldozer which is due in 2010. In 2010 Intel will produce Sandy Bridge on 32nm.

AMD should survive all of this in certain niches. Those niches will be serviced by the 2012 NY fab. By that time the market will have grown immensely as a result of Intel's new SOC parts that AMD may be able to participate in given that they will have given up the high end of the market.


RE: Is 45nm definitely 2009?
By ajfink on 3/12/2008 9:01:05 PM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't be surprised to see high-k 45nm before 2H09. That seems sort of late to me, actually.

Anyway, AMD and IBM do almost all their process development together, so no one would be giving it to either, they both have rights to it.


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