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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 Calin on 7/27/2006 4:05:05 AM , Rating: 2
You are so wrong. AMD has developed a looong time on the Athlon64 line. It was first known as the Sledgehammer (that would be server version I think), then a new line called Clawhammer (desktop), then they had working samples, then they had working samples running at some 800MHz, then in the end they launched the Clawhammer (Athlon64), then the Sledgehammer.
There is no reason to think K8L will take much less to develop. If AMD would have had an answer to Conroe, they would have put it out until now, in order to regain the performance crown or at least to tie at the high end.


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