AMD Partners Demonstrate "Barcelona" at 1.6 GHz
Kristopher Kubicki & Marcus Yam
June 6, 2007 3:13 AM
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Windows 2003 R2, 64-bit identifies the "Barcelona" processor as an unknown AMD CPU. (Source: DailyTech, Anh Huynh)
AMD's benchmarking utility reveals all four cores ran at 1.6 GHz. (Source: DailyTech, Anh Huynh)
Quad-Core AMD Opteron demonstrated by MSI, Supermicro, TYAN and Uniwide
AMD took the opportunity at Computex to show
running the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors, codenamed
, with the help of MSI, Supermicro, TYAN and Uniwide
The AMD quad-core processors are designed to drop-in (following a BIOS upgrade) with all existing AMD Opteron processor-based systems using DDR2 memory, while also enabling new platform capabilities such as those being demonstrated today.
One vendor demonstrated
, running at 1.6GHz. According to engineers familiar with the chip technology, the current AMD
samples are not scaling core frequencies well. AMD partners confirmed the highest running, POST and OS capable,
processor is 2.0 GHz. AMD previously posted benchmarks of a
simulated 2.6 GHz
“We commend AMD for its non-disruptive roadmaps, allowing for a smooth upgrade from dual-core to quad-core,” said Danny Hsu, president, TYAN. “Streamlining and mitigating the complexities customers often face when upgrading their IT infrastructure is especially important in today’s competitive marketplace. TYAN has collaborated with AMD since 2001, and we will continue to support and take advantage of the customer-centric innovation AMD is offering in its quad-core processors when they are made available later this year.”
AMD roadmaps show
-based Opteron processors will launch in July, but the general consensus from partners is the processor isn’t performing well enough for a July launch.
will launch later this summer, in the July, August kind of time frame -- followed by [consumer chips] on the desktop... You'll see that in the Christmas line-up,” stated Robert Rivet, AMD executive vice president and CFO, just a few months ago.
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RE: Most interesting bit of Barcelona info, yet.
6/6/2007 4:45:36 AM
Do you remember the early Operton's (before launch) running at 1.4GHZ.
I remember AMD not being able to demonstrate K8 above 800 MHz for the better part of a year.
But my point was not about performance at all, but rather how last week's rumor of an extra 500 MHz, when combined with this bit of information, would have AMD not even reaching the simulated 2.6 GHz they used for their SPEC_2006 estimates.
RE: Most interesting bit of Barcelona info, yet.
6/6/2007 12:41:23 PM
The complete chip production process takes several weeks, not days. Improvements in one part of the process may not translate into faster chips for over a month, so it's possible that AMD has better silicon "in the pipeline" but not any finished CPUs.
So far AMD has delivered the speeds they said they would (I still can't buy a 10 GHz Pentium), so I wouldn't worry
much about the early samples they're sending out. The first Opteron samples ran at 800 MHz. At launch they were up to 1.6 GHz, and they reached 2 GHz not long after that.
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