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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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By othercents on 7/22/2006 2:46:00 AM , Rating: 2
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enthusiasts make up 1% of the computer market


This is so true. Dell sells to businesses and end users all the time. They are not selling XPS machines to these people, but they are selling low cost solutions. This is why most of their mid range computers still use single core processors and ATI x300 video cards or *shiver* Intel GPUs. For most end users this is a perfectly fine machines. Dell didn't even start using Dual Core in the mid range machines until April 06.

Processor speed is secondary to cost. Most end users want to know how much it will cost to surf the web. You build a $200 solution and they will buy it. Maybe AMD will start manufacturing web browsing computers to undercut Dell and Intel.

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