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AMD "Barcelona" die shot  (Source: AMD)
AMD's next-generation launch date is still set for "summer 2007"

AMD is set to debut its third-generation Opteron server processor architecture later this quarter. The company publically announced its upcoming launch next month, but the company's latest processor guidance, released just this week, states otherwise. 

According to partners close to AMD, sampling for Barcelona processors will hit top tier system builders this week. One engineer speaking on conditions of anonymity claims, "We're finally getting close to a launch here, but [AMD] still hasn't finalized the date."

The August 27 launch date originally featured on the last Barcelona roadmap, issued less than a month ago, has since dissapeared.

AMD plans to offer initial quad-core Opterons at core frequencies below 2.0 GHz. The company will launch eight quad-core processors under the Opteron 8000 and 2000 series umbrellas. Standard and high-efficiency (HE) models are ready for launch later this quarter.

Quad-core Opteron 8000 Series Launch
Model
Core
Frequency
L2 Cache
L3 Cache
TDP
83502.0 GHz 4x512KB2MB
95W
83481.9 GHz4x512KB2MB
95W
8348 HE
1.9 GHz 4x512KB2MB
68W

AMD has three quad-core Opteron 8000 series models in two speed grades for launch – the 8350, 8348 and 8348 HE. The processors will ship with 2.0 GHz and 1.9 GHz clock frequencies, respectively.

Quad-core Opteron 2000 Series Launch
Model
Core
Frequency
L2 Cache
L3 Cache
TDP
23502.0 GHz 4x512KB2MB
95W
23481.9 GHz4x512KB2MB
95W
2348 HE
1.9 GHz 4x512KB2MB
68W
2346 HE
1.8 GHz
4x512KB
2MB
68W
2344 HE
1.7 GHz
4x512KB
2MB
68W

Quad-core Opteron 2000-series will have a similar launch schedule with the 2348, 2350 and 2348 HE. These models are identical to the Opteron 8000 series, except the chips can only operate in two-socket systems. The quad-core Opteron 2000 series also gains two lower speed variants – the 2346 HE and 2344 HE. The quad-core Opteron 2346 HE and 2344 HE feature 1.8 GHz and 1.7 GHz clock speeds, respectively. This concludes the quad-core launch lineup for the quarter.

AMD plans to launch the initial batch of quad-core Opterons this quarter. However, customers will not receive initial DVT samples until next month and actual production for customer order fulfillment does not begin until September. AMD still does not have an exact launch date set, but the AMD roadmap states a summer 2007 launch and autumn begins on September 23.

Quad-core Opteron 8000 Series Q4'2007
Model
Core
Frequency
L2 Cache
L3 Cache
TDP
8360 SE
2.5 GHz 4x512KB2MB
120W
8358 SE
2.4 GHz4x512KB2MB
120W
8356
2.3 GHz 4x512KB2MB
95W
8354
2.2 GHz
4x512KB
2MB
95W
8350 HE
2.0 GHz
4x512KB
2MB
68W

Quad-core Opteron 2000 Series Q4'2007
Model
Core
Frequency
L2 Cache
L3 Cache
TDP
2360 SE
2.5 GHz 4x512KB2MB
120W
2358 SE
2.4 GHz4x512KB2MB
120W
2356
2.3 GHz 4x512KB2MB
95W
2354
2.2 GHz
4x512KB
2MB
95W
2352
2.1 GHz
4x512KB
2MB
95W
2350 HE
2.0 GHz
4x512KB
2MB
68W

AMD will ramp up clock speeds of quad-core Opteron 8000 and 2000 series in Q4’2007, with the first quad-core SE models entering production. Eleven quad-core models with clock speeds excess of 2.0 GHz will enter production in Q4’2007 with an undetermined launch date. The new models will top out with a 2.5 GHz clock-speed. AMD promises DVT samples of the new models in early Q4’2007.

Quad-core Opteron 8000 Series Q2'2008
Model
Core
Frequency
L2 Cache
L3 Cache
TDP
8362 SE
2.6 GHz 4x512KB2MB
120W
8358
2.4 GHz4x512KB2MB
95W

Quad-core Opteron 2000 Series Q2'2008
Model
Core
Frequency
L2 Cache
L3 Cache
TDP
2362 SE
2.6 GHz 4x512KB2MB
120W
2358
2.4 GHz4x512KB2MB
95W

Quad-core Opterons will have a 2.5 GHz clock speed cap until Q2’2008 when the first 2.6 GHz 8362 SE and 2362 SE models enter production. AMD has not set DVT availability or launch dates of the 2.6 GHz models yet.

Quad-core Opteron 1000 Series
Model
Core
Frequency
L2 Cache
L3 Cache
TDP
1360 SE
2.5 GHz 4x512KB2MB
120W
1358 SE
2.4 GHz4x512KB2MB
120W
1356
2.3 GHz 4x512KB2MB
95W
1354
2.2 GHz
4x512KB
2MB
95W
1352
2.1 GHz
4x512KB
2MB
95W

AMD also has five quad-core Opteron 1000 series models in the pipeline. These models are only available in speed grades above 2.0 GHz. AMD has three models ready for production in November – the 1356, 1354 and 1352. DVT samples of theses processors are available next month. Higher-clocked 1360 SE and 1358 SE models will enter production in December, with DVT samples available in October.

Expect AMD to launch the first set of Barcelona-based quad-core Opteron 8000 and 2000 series processors later this summer.


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RE: News out of AMD
By michael2k on 7/26/2007 12:22:57 AM , Rating: 2
I think he's talking about electromigration, and it is possible.

If you think of electrons as water and silicon atoms like rocks, overclocking pushes up the voltage and current, essentially making the electrons move faster and eroding the silicon it's traveling in.


RE: News out of AMD
By InsaneGain on 7/26/2007 3:28:58 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah , I think the water pressure carrying bits of sand that are wearing down rocks in a river is a pretty good analogy for electromigration. Uhhh except assume that when the rocks in a section completely break down then the water can't flow anymore. Maybe water pressure in a pipe carrying abrasive sand that eat away at the pipe is a better comparison. Momentum transfer from the energized electrons damages the conductors, and higher voltage is like higher water pressure. The smaller the interconnects are, the less matter there is to be eroded until failure.


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