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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 server platforms running the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors, codenamed Barcelona, 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 Barcelona to DailyTech, running at 1.6GHz. According to engineers familiar with the chip technology, the current AMD Barcelona samples are not scaling core frequencies well. AMD partners confirmed the highest running, POST and OS capable, Barcelona processor is 2.0 GHz. AMD previously posted benchmarks of a simulated 2.6 GHz Barcelona.

“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 Barcelona-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.

“Quad-core, codenamed Barcelona 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: 1.6Ghz?
By Screwballl on 6/7/2007 10:20:02 AM , Rating: 2
during AMDs launch of the Athlon64, they were releasing 1.6GHz versions that were stomping Intels 3.0GHz versions... at first people just rolled their eyes and kept buying the toaster oven Intels.. until the real performance news got out which put AMD in the fast lane taking a strong chunk of market share from Intel. Intel tried everything they could to take a chunk back and for sometime we didn't know if they would. Then they take the same route AMD did with a lower core speed, dual cores with more efficiency and we have the current king Core 2 Duo. AMD has been the innovator for the past decade or so with Intel taking cues but still flexing their own muscle. Some technologies were simply stolen (AMD64/EM64T anyone) or at least modified enough to fit their sales structure.
I am not sure if the Barcelona will be the next Athlon64 but if they pull it off we will see Core2Duo in the bargain bins much like the PentiumDs were.


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