Henri Richard Confirms K8L CPU Core, Some Details
March 14, 2006 2:40 PM
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In a recent interview, AMD's next generation CPU architecture gets a name and a socket
Digitimes has a
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
for the desktop and
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.
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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RE: Clock and Cache
3/14/2006 4:27:51 PM
first off until Conroe actually exists in purchasable hardware...its vaporware that can easily end up being pushed back in development.
Currently AMD is still the boss, the big dog in performance and efficiency, its what you and I can get our paws on, right now. If AMD feels nothing more than a MB or two of extra cache and 4 or 5 hundred more MHZ of speed is enough to counter anything Intel may have by the end of the year, why should they spend any more money. This may come back to bite them in the ass or not.
They are going to sit back, let the market develop and fine tune their next generation chip, the revolutionary one. I don't think AMD expected to be in this position, Intel shot themselves in the foot with that whole netburst fiasco, having to trash generations of chips just to catch up.
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