Intel Responds to AMD's "Torrenza"
September 27, 2006 9:30 PM
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Intel will open up its server platform
This week at IDF, Intel made an official announcement on its response to AMD's
technology. AMD made waves earlier this year when it announced that it would open up its Opteron platform to the industry, allowing other manufacturers to create and develop add-in components that communicate directly with the system processor and memory. Going beyond that, AMD also mentioned that
would allow companies to create accelerators or
co-processors that could be used directly in an Opteron socket
Intel said that like AMD, it also plans to open up its chipset platform technology. The move would be an unprecedented move for Intel, as it has been guarding its platform for the longest time. Intel's primary goal is to introduce an alternative to AMD's HyperTransport. The technology would allow devices to communicate on a much faster pathway than PCI Express alone could muster. Interfacing directly with the front-side bus (FSB), devices will be able to communicate directly to the processor and or other accelerators. Non-Intel chips will be able to plug into a Xeon socket for example, and work parallel to the main processor or processors.
With the introduction of an open FSB platform, Intel will also be making a move towards integrating memory controllers directly onto processors. This is something that AMD has been doing for several years with the original Opteron processor.
previously reported that
a number of large companies were already partnering with AMD to create accelerator
and other co-processors. The decision to open up its platform has propelled AMD into the enterprise market in very large way. It will be interesting to see what Intel's move into an open space will do for the industry.
Currently, the technology is expected to be introduced sometime in the next one to one and a half years. Some analysts speculate that Intel will show off an open FSB specification in 2008 on Itanium, and on the Xeon sometime in 2009. Reports say that Intel is currently working with several companies to create co-processors -- they too would be able to plug directly into a Xeon or Itanium socket.
This week, Intel also announced several updates to its product family. The first being that
will now be called Core 2 Quad
, which it
promised to ship one million units before AMD could ship a single one
. Other interesting developments from Intel include
two new 45nm fab locations
as well as a strong push into
tera-flop computing research
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RE: AMD's solution is superior and it's now, not 2009
9/28/2006 8:32:46 PM
You're right of course, either AMD, Intel, IBM or others could go splendidly bust and life would go on.
If I want to go with Intel's architecture I have to wait 3 years or longer (to get the spec, design my product, manufacture it).
If I want to go with AMD's architecture I can take existing product and adapt it to an available specification.
Even if I'm ignoring Intel for now, any product I come out with now will be obsolete in 4 years time as the pace of improvements continues. Therefore in 3-4 years time I can look at the market. Is there a large installed base of torrenza capable systems and users? Is it cheaper to build in support for the AMD or Intel standards? Does the market for acceleration on Intel demand my attention.
You are right that we can't ignore Intel. I had no intention of sticking my head in the sand in a fanboyish way. In terms of making products, Intel can only offer us PCI-Express interconnect, which is pretty good, and is cross platform. It's the stuff that really pushes boundaries that demands anything better.
"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007
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