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Phenom, to deliver a phenomenal computing experience

AMD today officially announced its new Phenom processor brand for its next-generation Barcelona architecture. The new Phenom branding will find its way on AMD’s next-generation Stars family of desktop processors. Phenom processors will coexist with AMD’s current Athlon 64 and Sempron processors; however, Athlon 64 processors cater towards entry-level while Sempron caters towards value consumers.

Last week, AMD demonstrated its Phenom processor in a Quad FX configuration for a total of eight-cores in a system. AMD has dubbed its next-generation Quad FX platform FASN8, or “fascinate.” The next-generation FASN8 platform forms around AMD’s upcoming RD790 chipset paired with dual Phenom FX processors. With a pair of AMD ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT’s in the FASN8 platform, the system is able to deliver over a teraflop of computing power in a single box.

“AMD has always enjoyed a great bond with the enthusiast community, and the introduction of the AMD Phenom processor family will take our relationship to new heights,” corporate vice president and general manager of AMD’s desktop division Bob Brewer said. “We continue to focus on listening to and addressing users’ evolving needs. AMD is confident the performance enhancements enabled by true quad-core client technology in computing-intensive environments will allow them to realize new possibilities and find new inspiration.”

Expect AMD to introduce its Phenom processors and accompanying RD790 platforms in time for the Christmas shopping season.

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a bottleneck inherent in other products
By crystal clear on 5/14/2007 3:40:57 AM , Rating: 1

With the true quad-core design offered by the upcoming AMD Phenom processors, cores communicate on the die rather than through a front side bus external to the processor – a bottleneck inherent in other products that are packaging two dual-core chips to form quad-core processors. Additionally, AMD’s Direct Connect Architecture on-chip ensures that all four cores have optimum access to the integrated memory controller and integrated HyperTransport links, so that performance scales well with the number of cores. This design is also highlighted by a unique shared L3 cache for quicker data access and Socket AM2 and Socket AM2+ infrastructure compatibility to enable a seamless upgrade path

AMD Names the Next PC Computing Thrill Ride: The AMD Phenom™ Processor

By KristopherKubicki on 5/14/2007 8:11:52 PM , Rating: 6
Interesting paraphrase from an interview with Henri Richard that I never republished:

Native monolithic quad-core in itself has no advantages over a non-monolithic design (was really surprised about his candidness here). Said that performance per watt and thermal envelope were the keys that will make Barcelona successful and dont necessarily have anything to do with the monolithic design. Will justify lateness to market, but will have two rough quarters until then and will have to defend market share with aggressive pricing. AMD did not design a MCM (multi-chip module) solution to bridge the gap between opteron and barcelona because they didnt have the R&D resources.

This was just from February.

By crystal clear on 5/15/2007 12:26:27 AM , Rating: 1
Your response is simply-

PHENOM (“phenomenal") & “FASN8ing"(fascinating).

also this for you -

TG Daily interview: AMD imagines 16 graphics cores for CPUs

By Proteusza on 5/15/2007 4:10:09 AM , Rating: 3
Wow thats an amazingly candid reply. Sometimes I forget that AMD is a tenth the size of Intel, we all expect them to keep up with the giant, but its obviously really difficult when intel can simply throw money at the problem.

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