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Native quad-core en route

Yesterday during AMD's Q2'06 earnings conference call, AMD's President and Chief Operating Officer Dirk Meyer recapped the long term plans for the company.  Although the bulk of his comments were already stated in during the June AMD Analyst's Day, Meyer also added the tidbit that the company plans "to demonstration our next-generation processor core, in a native quad-core implementation, before the end of the year."  Earlier this year, AMD's Executive Vice President Henri Richard claimed this native-quad core processor would be called K8L.

Earlier AMD roadmaps have revealed that quad-core production CPUs would not utilize a native quad-core design until late 2007 or 2008. To put that into perspective AMD demonstrated the first dual-core Opteron samples in August 2004, with the processor tape out in June 2004.  The official launch of dual-core Opteron occurred on April 21, 2005.  On the same call Meyer announced that that the native quad-core would launch in the middle of 2007 -- suggesting the non-native quad-core Deerhound designs may come earlier than expected or not at all.

Just this past Wednesday, Intel one-upped K8L plans by announcing quad-core Kentsfield and Clovertown will ship this year, as opposed to Q1'07 originally slated by the company. 

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That's great and all...
By Engine of End on 7/21/2006 9:38:29 PM , Rating: 3
But we need more multi-threaded software. As much as I would want a native quad-core processor, there has to be a point in getting one. Getting better times in SuperPi is not a reason to purchase a new processor.

The juice has to be worth the squeeze.

RE: That's great and all...
By Exodus220 on 7/22/2006 4:21:10 AM , Rating: 2
I agree with you on this front. I look at the idea of releasing the 64 bit processors from AMD and how great that was supposed to be. Intel was behind in their release of x64 but eventually it came. However, I have yet to see it worthwhile or widely supported. So big deal if they release the quad-core CPU's because there is not the software to accomodate it. Oh, and who is going to benefit from a quad-core anyways?

RE: That's great and all...
By Targon on 7/23/2006 12:55:41 PM , Rating: 1
It's not only about multi-threaded software at this point. If you look at all the various things that run behind the scenes in Windows XP, and figure it will be WORSE with Vista, dual and quad core systems/processors will almost be needed just to handle all the bloat in MS Windows.

RE: That's great and all...
By masher2 on 7/23/2006 10:49:42 PM , Rating: 2
> "If you look at all the various things that run behind the scenes in Windows XP...dual and quad core systems/processors will almost be needed just to handle all the bloat in MS Windows.

My dual-core desktop runs, sans an active application, at 2% or less cpu utilization. That's with background virus checking, email, 2 networks, and a whole host of other processes. I don't see Vista being significantly worse. The idea that you'll need to devote an entire core to 'Windows bloat' is sheer nonsense.

RE: That's great and all...
By ecktt on 7/24/2006 2:13:48 AM , Rating: 2
i agree.

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