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New Phenom triple-core processor coming in 2008

AMD today updated its roadmap with another multi-core processor, to slot between its dual and quad-core processors – Phenom triple-core processors. The new Phenom triple-core processors feature three processing cores on a single die and based on AMD’s Barcelona architecture, which launched last week in Opteron form.

The new triple-core processors will feature similar specifications as its upcoming Phenom X2 and X4 brethren. The Socket AM2+ processors feature 512KB of L2 cache for each core and a shared pool of L3 cache. Essentially, the Phenom triple-core processors are quad-core variants with one core disabled. This allows AMD to simply disable one core on quad-core dies for maximum use of a single wafer.

AMD claims to be the only company to offer tri-core processors, which the company claims to bring “true multi-core technology to a broader audience.” AMD has not given the Phenom triple-core processors an official name yet. However, it wouldn’t be too surprising if the tri-core processors followed the current Phenon naming scheme and received the Phenom X3 name.

“With our advanced multi-core architecture, AMD is in a unique position to enable a wider range of premium desktop solutions, providing a smarter choice for customers and end users,” said Greg White, vice president and general manager, Desktop Division, AMD. “As a customer-centric company, AMD is committed to working with our OEMs to deliver compelling value propositions across their multi-core product families with capabilities that address their requirements and aspirations.”

Features unique to AMD’s Barcelona and Stars architectures such as split power planes and dynamic independent core speed adjustments remain supported on triple-core processors. Additionally, AMD Phenom triple-core processors support HyperTransport 3.0 for up to 16GB/second of I/O bandwidth.

AMD claims significant performance gains over dual-core processors with its triple-core processors in benchmarks such as SYSmark 2007 and 3DMark06, where gaming and digital content creation performance is key.

“A continued commitment to elegant design and innovative processor architecture is instrumental to revolutionizing the technology industry,” said Richard Shim, research manager for IDC's Personal Computing program. “The advent of triple-core processors is a valuable market opportunity for customers to deliver end users compelling solutions and further differentiate on the desktop.”

Expect AMD to launch its Phenom triple-core processors in Q1 2008. AMD plans to launch its quad-core Phenom X4 next quarter.

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By Nubsicles on 9/17/2007 11:01:48 PM , Rating: 2
While at first glance I took this to be a bad marketing scheme on AMD's part - this could add another great performance/price bracket to the market

RE: Interesting
By BWAnaheim on 9/17/2007 11:09:52 PM , Rating: 5
To me, it sounds more as if all of the quads are not passing verification testing, so AMD is taking the chips with three good cores and calling them "tri-core". It would make sense if they could use this extra product to increase overall yield.

RE: Interesting
By kamel5547 on 9/18/2007 12:29:29 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed, this smacks of deffective quad cores needing to be sold at a higher price point than simple dual cores. They probably could ahve just dumped them out as dual cores by disabling another core, but this gives better pricing.

RE: Interesting
By SlyNine on 9/19/2007 4:41:33 AM , Rating: 2
Or the same pricing with a competitive advantage. I can see the Tri Core being a high end budget CPU. Witch would probably sell very will if priced right.

RE: Interesting
By FITCamaro on 9/18/2007 9:20:51 AM , Rating: 2
You think Intel doesn't have some cores of its dual core dies go bad? There will always be defects in production.

It's good business to sell as much of your produced product as possible. By reselling these as a triple core processor instead of throwing them out, they can sell all the different Barcelona chips at a lower price.

RE: Interesting
By docmilo on 9/19/2007 2:08:43 AM , Rating: 3
This interview states they are bad quads.

It makes sense even though I was just hoping that they were preping a cpu for fusion. Make a good 3 core cpu with room for a gpu once the bugs are all worked out.

RE: Interesting
By RW on 9/18/07, Rating: -1
RE: Interesting
By TomZ on 9/18/2007 10:12:04 AM , Rating: 1
I think the CPU market right now already has too many options. I mean, geez, do we really need 50 different x86 compatible CPU models from only 2 different manufacturers?

RE: Interesting
By SlyNine on 9/19/2007 4:43:44 AM , Rating: 2
But if a better option comes out and has the right marketing. I can generate market share, and since the mid to high end budget CPU sector is the bread and butter. I can see this doing very well.

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