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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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RE: Trying to step out of the shadows?
By JumpingJack on 7/22/2006 3:45:09 AM , Rating: 2
I tend to agree, they need to demonstrate something... ever since Intel put on the dog and pony show at IDF, people have been searching for what AMD has to counter and essentially have come up empty handed, sure a lot of leaked roadmaps, a June analyst meeting with pretty PPT slides of future plans... we haven't really seen a booted and working 65 nm chip... they are likely under some pressure (from analysts perhaps) to start showing some goods and stop with all the talk.

Intel has already demonstrated working quad core server and DT parts, glued together or not, it has bit because there were real...

RE: Trying to step out of the shadows?
By Viditor on 7/23/2006 12:40:14 AM , Rating: 3
Intel has already demonstrated working quad core server and DT parts, glued together or not, it has bit because there were real...

AMD also demonstrated Quad Core at IDF...

By Knish on 7/24/2006 7:20:46 AM , Rating: 2
Link or shens? I must have missed this one

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