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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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RE: What market segment is this aimed at?
By afkrotch on 9/18/2007 1:08:57 AM , Rating: 0
Ummm....Intel offered the first x86 quad core. Intel is also slated for a Q3 release of it's native quad core Yorkfield and I think AMD is still slated for a Q3 release for it's native quad core Barcelona. We'll see who makes it as the first to offer x86 native quad cores.

Also, tri-core Phenom. Doesn't make sense to me. I've never known any home user that complained about using too much power or creating too much heat (cept during the Prescott years).

Procs have gotten significantly cooler, more powerful, while using the same or less power. I don't see ppl chosing a tri-core Phenom over a dual core or quad core, unless AMD is simply doing it to create a wider product line with different prices.

RE: What market segment is this aimed at?
By shiznit on 9/18/2007 2:26:50 AM , Rating: 3
you are correct in saying the intel offered the first x86 quad core, but Yorkfield is NOT native. It is 45nm but still 2 dies like the current quads.

By retrospooty on 9/18/2007 10:23:29 AM , Rating: 2
Yup... Nahalem, in late 2008 will be Intel's first native Quad.

RE: What market segment is this aimed at?
By z3R0C00L on 9/18/2007 11:57:44 AM , Rating: 2
And this matters because......?????!!!!!

RE: What market segment is this aimed at?
By Alpha4 on 9/18/2007 2:14:32 PM , Rating: 2
He was just correcting AFKrotch.

RE: What market segment is this aimed at?
By deeznuts on 9/18/2007 11:10:46 PM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't say correcting AFKrotch, but clarifying.

The two-die approach Intel has taken has not been proven, on the consumer desktop side, to be a hinderance.

By mars777 on 9/19/2007 3:32:42 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I'm wondering too... why hasn't AMD offered processors with two dies in one package.

For Example:

They will use Barcelonas with one core damaged for X3 Phenoms...

And they should use Barcelonas with 2 damaged cores for X6 barcelonas with two dies in one package!

With the current state of TDP they could manage it staying in a reasonable watt limit. With a six core processor they could rise up their share price, no matter how it performs, because it has 6 "threads".

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