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In a recent interview, AMD's next generation CPU architecture gets a name and a socket

Digitimes has a follow up to its interview with AMD's Henri Richard.  We covered the first interview here yesterday. Digitimes tried to squeeze a few more details out of Richard about the upcoming K8L platform architecture.  In the first interview, Richard would not comment on K8L. 

That's not to say we're going to present K8L at Computex – don't get me wrong – but I think that that would be a good time to start to disclose more about the future because one of the strong attributes of our roadmap, both in 2006 and 2007, is socket compatibility. The nice thing we're going to do is to deliver to customers. Whatever improvements K8L will provide, they will be applicable to some of the sockets we will be introducing. Therefore, there's a certain logic, to my mind, in disclosing more at that time.

In the first interview, Richard referred to the new architecture as "8KL" instead, but Digitimes reporters did not get back to us about this idiosyncrasy.  The three sockets AMD has on the roadmap are the 1207 pin LGA Socket F for servers, Socket AM2 for the desktop and Socket S1 for mobile devices.  All three are expected to have working samples on June 6th, 2006 according to AMD's most recent roadmap. 

In response to the approach AMD will take with K8L, Richard previously claimed that future AMD micro-architectures are strictly evolutionary and not revolutionary.  In yesterday's interview, he also claimed that AMD will arrive at better performance by improving clock speeds and increasing cache sizes, but that future core technologies will have increased integer and floating-point performance.  Seeing as K8L is the only technology on the AMD roadmap for the next year or so after AM2, we can only speculate as to what Richard means by that statement. 

Update 03/15/2006: Chris Hall from Digitimes has confirmed with us that the "8KL" reference was a misquote and that Richard was really referring to K8L.

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By Jedix123 on 3/14/2006 3:43:52 PM , Rating: 2
going to be a follow up interview with DallasTexas?

Good one !!
By DallasTexas on 3/14/2006 5:58:23 PM , Rating: 2
ha ha... All in good fun. No follow up interview but rumour has it AMD is hoarding is buying lipstick by the truckload. A suspect a product refresh is in the works !

Just as I predicted in my interview with DailyTecj, Henri did confirm above that cranking up the clock (and power), a new model number sticker and a little lipstick and she's god to go.

I would also urge AMD to turn up the volume on Hypertransport and puruse the sympathy factor again. The big guy vs little guy is a winner for the ladies.

By tygrus on 3/14/2006 6:39:28 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah Intel is trying to dazzle OEM's and buyers to stick with us because we'll have something much better soon.
Buyers favourable to AMD may try to put off purchases until a decent AM2 combo is released (CPU & MB). This doesn't bode well for Q1 & Q2 sales of desktops. Notebooks and servers are probably less affected. Intel is basically admitting that they are behind at the moment and want users to wait or buy into the idea that Intel will be better and not jump ship. This has worked in the past with Dell and corporates trying to standardise desktop/server deployments.

6months to a year is a long time to wait for the next big thing. In the end you could wait forever and miss out on the immediate use of something better than you have now.

The 939pin Athlon64's have been around for about 3 years before AM2. I expect a AM2 MB to be well supportted into the future. Intel has had more boards in the past and planned for the future to support various RAM and FSB's, too many for my liking. If AMD get the AM2 based Athlon64's to be performing like they are really using DDR2-800 instead of like DDR2-400 then I'll be happy. Server purchase may have to wait until next year.

By bob661 on 3/15/2006 1:08:15 AM , Rating: 2
The 939pin Athlon64's have been around for about 3 years before AM2.
It's been three years already? Time flies.

By coldpower27 on 3/15/2006 7:29:47 AM , Rating: 2
Not quite Socket 939 was intorduced in Summer of 2004 from what I recall, and Socket AM2 looks to be introduced in Summer of 2006, so 2 years.

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