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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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better for now?
By rykerabel on 7/24/2006 5:56:16 PM , Rating: 3
Well, for now and for me is to just upgrade what I have. With these price cuts, i can junk my a64 3000+ and pop in an a64 4800+ for a steal. Huge improvement for only $300. Intel is not compelling for me because I'd have to pay $300(cpu) + $200(mboard) + $400 (4gb DDR2) = $900 total just to get the same performance from intel, or blow $1500 for the top performance available.

my point, for the next 6 months, current AMD users will stay with AMD for upgrades because it is way more "bang for the buck". After that though, upgrades will call for mboard/memory upgrades to get any higher and then AMD better be ready.

6 months AMD gotta do it, or be truely back in the underdog seat.




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