backtop


Print 73 comment(s) - last by P4blo.. on Aug 7 at 10:50 AM


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.


Comments     Threshold


This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

By crystal clear on 7/26/2007 3:04:46 AM , Rating: 2
AMD to Ship Industry’s First Native x86 Quad-Core Processors In August

—AMD’s Stable Infrastructure Strategy Enables Availability of Systems from Platform Partners in September—

Sunnyvale, Calif. -- 29th June 2007 --Continuing to lead the shift of mainstream enterprise computing to energy-efficient processors, AMD (NYSE:AMD) announced today that Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ processors, code-named “Barcelona,” are planned for shipment in both standard and low power versions at launch later this summer. This would be the first time AMD has made both standard and low power parts immediately available as part of a new processor launch.

Additionally, AMD today updated its projected timing on “Barcelona” availability and provided additional product details. AMD expects that the processors will begin shipping for revenue in August 2007, with systems from AMD platform partners beginning to ship in September 2007. Due to its enhanced architecture – it is the world’s first x86 CPU to integrate four processing cores on a single die of silicon – Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ processors can deliver significant performance and performance-per-watt enhancements over existing processor architectures yet are designed to be backwards compatible with existing AMD Opteron platforms.

With planned availability at launch in a range of frequencies up to 2.0 Ghz, AMD expects its native quad-core processors to scale to higher frequencies in Q407 in both standard and SE (Special Edition) versions. Designed to operate within the same thermal envelopes as current generation AMD Opteron processors, AMD estimates that the new processors can provide a performance increase up to 70 percent on certain database applications and up to 40 percent on certain floating point applications, with subsequent higher frequency processors expected to significantly add to this performance advantage.

“More than ever before, customers are expecting energy-efficiency and performance-per-watt leadership as much as absolute performance. With this new reality of computing, greater performance at the expense of greater power consumption is no longer an option,” said Randy Allen, corporate vice president, Server and Workstation Division at AMD. “AMD has prioritized production of our low power and standard power products because our customers and ecosystem demand it, and we firmly believe that the introduction of our native Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor will deliver on the promise of the highest levels of performance-per-watt the industry has ever seen.”


http://www.amd.com/gb-uk/Corporate/VirtualPressRoo...

also-

Dean McCarron, an analyst with Mercury Research, said AMD's use of the same 1,207-pin socket that it uses with its dual-core Opterons will give the company a built-in base of platforms that will enable customers to easily upgrade to Barcelona. That aspect of Barcelona, he said, was overlooked in some of the initial media coverage of the chip, when more emphasis was placed on clock speeds and performance benchmarks.

"They [AMD officials] have a fairly well-developed market of their own with tier-one OEMs, many of which use the dual-core products and the current sockets in their various [product] form factors," McCarron said. "With Barcelona, AMD has made it so users can just drop it into the platforms."

Even with the release of Barcelona, McCarron said the marketplace that AMD is about to enter is entirely different from the one it stormed into in 2003, taking market share from Intel and forcing the chip giant to rethink its companywide strategy. For one thing, Intel's Core microarchitecture is much improved, and the company's intention to move aggressively to its Penryn family of chips later this year shows that its manufacturing plans remain on schedule, McCarron said.

In the coming weeks, AMD customers can expect a familiar rundown of Barcelona innovations—from the chip's Direct Connect Architecture, which allows for improved memory and bandwidth by directly connecting memory to the CPU, to its PowerNow technology, which can increase or reduce the amount of power to the chip depending on the demand.

AMD will also begin talking about its processor's ability to handle 128-bit computing on each core. That will offer better performance for high-intensity scientific applications, Allen said. The chip has also been designed to allow each of the four cores to have its own Level 1 and Level 2 cache.

Allen said AMD also has been working aggressively with companies such as VMware, Microsoft and XenSource to improve the chip's ability to virtualize hardware and help the performance of virtualization software.



http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2161022,00.as...




"It seems as though my state-funded math degree has failed me. Let the lashings commence." -- DailyTech Editor-in-Chief Kristopher Kubicki

Related Articles













botimage
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki