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June 6, 2006 didn't fit AMD's schedule

We just got official confirmation from motherboard and chipset manufacturers in Taiwan -- AMD has moved the official launch date of Athlon 64 DDR2 up two weeks to May 23, 2006. AMD roadmaps have previously put the AM2 launch at June 6, 2006 (during Computex 2006), but since motherboards and CPUs are already completed, the launch will be pushed up. AMD insiders tell us Conroe's launch date was also a factor in pushing the AM2 launch date up, though even we do not know the exact date Intel's Conroe will launch.

AMD's latest advisories claimed the following:
  • May 16, 2006: Global announcement of Energy Efficient Processor roadmap and pricing
  • May 23, 2006: Global announcement of Socket AM2 and new desktop product availability and pricing
  • May 31, 2006: Global announcement of AMD LIVE! desktop system availability

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RE: reverse hyperthreading?
By ZmaxDP on 4/19/2006 7:16:12 PM , Rating: 2
Not to knock the criticism, but "drive[ing] two cars at once to go faster, rather than just make a bigger, faster engine" isn't that crazy. Ever heard of drafting? Also, there are some concept cars with multiple engines in one car.

According to your analogy, a car is a logical core. An engine is a physical core.

Dual Core = Two cars with one engine each.
Single Core = One car, one engine.
New Thing = One car, two engines (or the two cars, two engines welded together at the bumpers.)

Like someone noted earlier, if they can gain 15% speed increase (or 15% efficiency increase) by "reducing the air friction" and "reducing weight" then they have made up for Conroe's gains on single threaded apps. (Obviously, two engines one car is ideal here)

To me it seems as if the trick is going to be finding a way to make it run both ways depending on the application demands.

RE: reverse hyperthreading?
By Steve Guilliot on 4/25/2006 12:55:59 PM , Rating: 2
There's no point in trying to hyper-analyze an analogy that doesn't apply.

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