AMD Adds Triple-Core Processors to Roadmap
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September 17, 2007 2:45 PM
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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
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.”
unique to AMD’s
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
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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Why 3 cores, because they can't get 4 to work.
9/18/2007 12:59:07 AM
Why would you go 3 cores, duh... because they have a ton of die where only 3 work. Lets try and market them as something special. Yields must really be bad there at AMD.
Well if two is better then one, and four is better then two, then 3 is better then two. Heah maybe if we can find 3 1/2 cores it'll be better then 3.
Way to go there AMD!
RE: Why 3 cores, because they can't get 4 to work.
9/18/2007 4:01:20 AM
That's a good idea. AMD can take cores that work about 70% right and offer 1.7, 2.7, and 3.7 core processors. Brilliant!
Of course, for true AMD fanbois, AMD will offer a very rare chip, one that has roughly 0.1415927 of a working core as its 4th core.
The "GreenPi" chip will be a true collector's item, the pinnacle of fandom in the AMD world. In fact, in the spirit of ritualized self-damage, AMD fan bois will use lasers and try to cripple their own quad core 'B-lonas, trying to achieve the mythical "Pi".
It all goes to show that there is way way more marketing for AMD to do. No need whatsoever to ship any chips!
RE: Why 3 cores, because they can't get 4 to work.
9/18/2007 1:24:39 PM
Sounds like an Intel Celeron to me... It wasn't that long ago when Intel would take a chip with L2 cache errors and disable half the cache to make a Celeron. The same logic would apply to cores.
For as sarcastic as you seem in your post it actually is a smart move if they can sell them. If it is just a disabled core (I see there is some arguing over this point) then chips that would be scrap could be sold to help their bottom line. Right now AMD needs all the help they can get on the bottom line so this might not be a bad move.
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