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AMD September 2006 Roadmap. 65nm processors with a * are slated to sample in December 2006
AMD leaks its 4x4 plans

AMD has leaked its newest roadmaps to press, and DailyTech has received a new refresh outlining AMD’s upcoming dual-core plans. The major changes between the two roadmaps seem to be the addition of Socket-F FX processors, new 90nm processors and a shift in some of the 65nm processor bins.

In AMD's previous June roadmap, projections were estimated all the way out to Q3'07, but this refresh only contains outlook for the next two quarters.  AMD’s Athlon 64 FX lineup will return to sharing a socket with AMD’s server and workstation Opteron lineup.  Instead of using socket AM2 processors for AMD’s 4x4 platform there will be a switch to the land-grid-array Socket-F which may be disappointing to enthusiasts and gamers.  AMD is specifically calling these new processors FX 2-P.

Three new 4x4 processors will arrive with the upcoming November launch of AMD’s enthusiast 4x4 platform. New Athlon Socket-F 64 FX processors include the FX-74, FX-72 and FX-70. These processors will be clocked at 3.0 GHz, 2.8 GHz and 2.6 GHz respectively. All three processors will have a 2x1MB L2 cache configuration and be based on AMD’s Windsor core with a 2000 MHz Hyper Transport frequency. AMD rates the three processors with a 125 watt TDP. Features such as AMD64, NX Bit and Virtualization technologies are supported.

AMD’s mainstream dual-core lineup will receive a couple new updates as well. Also arriving in November will be new Athlon 64 X2 6000+, 5600+, and 5400+. This will be AMD’s first new Athlon 64 X2 processor launch since the launch of the socket AM2 platform—Athlon 64 X2 5200+ excluded. These processors will have 3.0 GHz and 2.8 GHz clock speeds respectively.

Athlon 64 X2 models 6000+ and 5600+ will have a 2x1MB L2 cache configuration while the lower X2 5400+ will have a 2x512KB configuration. AMD rates the TDP for the Athlon 64 X2 6000+ as 125 watts while the lower 5600+ and 5400+ receive 89 watt ratings. Availability is expected in November with no mention of Energy Efficient models.

AMD's 65nm processors received a small reorder; the 4600+ is gone, but AMD has added a new 5000+ chip instead.  The 65nm chips are expected to sample in December 2006, with official shipments still slated for Q1'07. 

Gone from AMD's roadmap are the FX-64 and FX-66 processors.  Although DailyTech had very few details on these chips during the previous roadmap, it appears as though the chips may have just been renamed to the FX-"70" series.  No pricing has been announced for the new FX-70s -- AMD has never released more than one FX series processor in a single launch.  Typically the FX series CPUs are devoted to only a small audience with an extremely high price tag.  Official pricing for the new processors was not revealed.

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Trouble in Paradise?
By Dactyl on 10/3/2006 11:59:32 PM , Rating: 2
Did anyone else notice that all of the 65nm processors are lower ranked than the 90nm processors?

There are 90nm CPUs with the same TDP that have more cache or clockspeed.

For every single 65nm CPU, I can point to a better 90nm CPU.

Is this because AMD is releasing the bargain 65nm parts first, and will follow with high performance parts later?

Or is there trouble in paradise?

RE: Trouble in Paradise?
By nerdye on 10/4/2006 12:40:11 AM , Rating: 3
"Is this because AMD is releasing the bargain 65nm parts first, and will follow with high performance parts later?"...
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That is exaclty it! Amd with much less production capacity than intel needs to give their new manufacturing process (65nm) a test before adopting its top of the line products (fx and opteron, and even the high end x2's). Intel has shown what money can due, money can speed up the transition between technologies and manufacturing process. Sure intel has changed sockets and fsb's quite often in the p4 era, but the core 2 duo is worth praise beyond marketing and bias. Trouble in paradise? What if intel wins the next round of cpu wars as well? We need Amd to step up and keep intel affordable, and vice versa. Amd has low

RE: Trouble in Paradise?
By JumpingJack on 10/4/2006 1:50:00 AM , Rating: 2
The release of slower 65 nm parts, or at least the rumor, has been flying around for a while. Originally, the max speed 65 nm part was 2.4 GHz or 4600+, it is progress to see it reach 2.6 GHz -- hopefully with the steady progress they typically use in manuf. technology AMD will be able to push that higher in short order, if not they eventually will be struggling.

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