AMD July 2006 roadmap

AMD's old 2006 roadmap
New Athlon 64 FX, X2 and Semprons

DailyTech has come across AMD’s short-term processor roadmap for Athlon and Sempron processors. The roadmap only goes as far as Q3’07 but does reveal a few upcoming products. AMD’s Athlon 64 FX lineup will get a few speed bumps within the next few months. The first speed bump will come next quarter in the form of the Athlon 64 FX-64. This part will be a Socket AM2 part and have a 125-watt TDP. It will presumably have a 3 GHz clock speed, as AMD likes to bump the clock speed of the Athlon 64 FX lineup in 200 MHz increments. The Athlon 64 FX-64 will be AMD’s desktop flagship processor until Q3’07 when the Athlon 64 FX-66 arrives. This part will have a 125-watt TDP as well and presumably be clocked at 3.2 GHz unless AMD has some other trick. It will be based on the 90nm Windsor core and not the upcoming 65nm Brisbane core.

Slotted right below the Athlon 64 FX lineup will be a couple new Athlon 64 X2 processors -- many of the old 2x1MB L2 cache processors have been removed. On the upper end of the Athlon 64 X2 lineup is the upcoming Athlon 64 X2 5200+. It’s expected to arrive this quarter and replace the Athlon 64 X2 5000+ as AMD’s second fastest processor clocked at 2.6 GHz with 2x1MB of L2 cache. Athlon 64 X2 5200+ processors will only be available in 65-watt energy efficient models. The Athlon 64 X2 5000+ will be positioned as a mainstream part with the arrival of the Athlon 64 X2 5200+. The first quarter of 2007 will bring the first speed bump to AMD’s Socket AM2 produce lineup. This will come in the form of the 2.8 GHz Athlon 64 X2 5400+ and 5600+ models. The difference between the 5400+ and 5600+ models will be cache sizes, with the 5400+ coming with 2x512KB while the 5600+ has 2x1MB of L2 cache. Both models will have a TDP of 89-watts.  This is slightly unusual as AMD has been aggressively EOL'ing the 2x1MB parts.

Brisbane Athlon 64 X2 processors will slowly arrive in 2007 starting with the lower end models. The Athlon 64 X2 3800+, 4200+ and 4600+ will be the first Athlon 64 X2 products to be switched over to AMD’s 65nm Fab process in Q1’07. Athlon 64 X2 5000+ and 5200+ models will switch over to the 65nm processor in Q2’07 followed by 5400+ in Q3’07. All Brisbane based products will have a 65-watt TDP.

The AMD Sempron roadmap is pretty straightforward with the exception of a new target segment and 65nm Sempron. AMD is expected to target a new "Ultra Value" product segment with the revival of the Sempron 2800+ sometime this quarter. It’s unsure where the Ultra Value product segment sits price-wise but expect Ultra Value systems based on Sempron processors to fall south of the $500.

Lastly AMD is expected to move Sempron processors over to a 65nm Fab process around Q2’07. Sempron 4000+, 3800+, 3600+, 3500+ and 3400+ models will move over to AMD’s 65nm process first. Unlike the Athlon 64 X2 65nm move, AMD will have some overlap with 90nm and 65nm Sempron production. A new Sempron 4200+ is expected to launch in Q3’07 too.

AMD's previous roadmap is still available on DailyTech.

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