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AMD Shanghai hopes to erase bad memories of Barcelona

AMD has proven to be a tough opponent for Intel in the server processor marketplace. AMD said that its latest architecture dubbed Shanghai is now ready to go. Shanghai parts are quad-core processors that are targeted at the server market.

Shanghai is also AMD's first 45-nanometer processor. AMD's last big architecture aimed at the server marketplace was the Barcelona processor that ran into significant problems in the market. One of the biggest issues with Barcelona was that the processors were delayed for eight months after their introduction.

Once the processors were finally shipped and available, AMD had issues with the performance of the parts and the CPUs suffered from other glitches. AMD promises that Shanghai will not be another Barcelona.

Pat Patla, AMD server and workstation business general manager, told CNET News, "We had some mis-starts in getting Barcelona to market and wanted to bring as much velocity to Shanghai as possible. Learn from our mistakes and, as a company, never do that again."

To help ensure that Shanghai succeeds and offer users a better experience than Barcelona, AMD put one engineer in charge of the entire Shanghai project. Patla continued saying, "the product that we put in the hands of our partners is going to be of substantial stability so they can do lots of early validation."

To improve the performance of Shanghai over Barcelona, AMD is counting on several factors. First is the move from the 65nm process of Barcelona to the 45nm process used in Shanghai. This will allow for more efficiency and better performance than Barcelona.

AMD is also moving the cache memory from 2MB to 6MB to improve performance and it says that instructions per clock cycle will be increased as well. Shanghai will also utilize AMD's HyperTransport 3, which AMD expects to be validated in Q1 2009. A 45nm desktop Shanghai part will be offered in Q1 2009 according to CNET News.

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Talk about overworked
By MrBungle123 on 9/30/2008 1:43:30 PM , Rating: 1
To help ensure that Shanghai succeeds and offer users a better experience than Barcelona, AMD put one engineer in charge of the entire Shanghai project.

wow, one engineer... I knew AMD had done some layoffs but damn, this may be taking things a bit far. CPUs are pretty complicated this guy must live at his desk and still be months behind.

RE: Talk about overworked
By SilthDraeth on 9/30/2008 2:26:49 PM , Rating: 1
One engineer to me, means the guy is brilliant, and there won't be conflicting instructions from different engineers.

But he is still probably over worked.

RE: Talk about overworked
By elegault on 9/30/2008 3:13:32 PM , Rating: 4
One Engineer to LEAD the team.

RE: Talk about overworked
By radializer on 9/30/2008 3:28:05 PM , Rating: 5
One Engineer to rule them all, one Engineer to fine-tune them ...

RE: Talk about overworked
By elessar1 on 10/1/08, Rating: 0
RE: Talk about overworked
By Jellodyne on 10/7/2008 3:04:19 PM , Rating: 2
...One engineer to bring them all to Dresden, and in the silicon bind them.

RE: Talk about overworked
By Clauzii on 9/30/2008 6:46:13 PM , Rating: 3
Obviously he was telling a joke ;)

RE: Talk about overworked
By rudolphna on 9/30/2008 3:14:03 PM , Rating: 2
they probably mean like, he is in charge of overseeing the program, and the compatability, all the big decisions etc. I dont think they mean they have one engineer sitting in the clean room or at the computer putting it together.

RE: Talk about overworked
By Amiga500 on 10/1/2008 6:01:12 AM , Rating: 4
Better having an engineer in charge than a useless hot-air balloon of a "manager".

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