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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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Traditional AMD
By profounder on 9/18/2007 3:09:04 AM , Rating: 1
Really not stunned at the news since AMD is born with the ability of such a kind to boast around the planet about something small thing thay have made. And this time, a real strange thing they've made.

AMD is really great at making thins happen. HA. They can create triple cores processor today, no one dare guarente they would bring on stranger ones to the already confusing market. Maybe when AMD deploys Ect-core under the same way of Intel's combination, they will be much more creative on these craps.

It would be a really amused thing to watch on the market then when AMD brings on Sect-core, Cinq-core, and com'n, the thirteen cores. YAHA.! Maybe what to be the grandest thing would be the future ultimate "UNSURE" processors, which would contain "not sure how many" cores. Imagine, someday in the future, we go to the computer store and buy a piece of AMD's unsure CPU.

We will pray before we open the wrap. After the installation, we boot the system and BANG!..we cried out with a "WOW" with such a great luck to have a fortunate cinq core AMD CPU whose name will be "BLACK LISTED" 'cause it is the best description they truly worth. Or on the other day, we went to the same store again to shop for another AMD again to install it on the same board again just to hope we can "WOW" again only to be so disappointed with a discovery of just having got a triple core AMD.
yEp! In future, AMD could become a company selling CPUs while dumping them with GAMBLING. People will be greatly interested in buying AMD stuff then and would have chances to enjoy themselves while challenging themselves with the feelings of "lucky or unlucky."

We have no idea about what Intel will have to do then...They might be having to be crazy while crying inside.

AMD = A Marketing Devil
AMD = A Manufacturing Dull

I kinda hope this is not the route they will follow in the future days. i hope it is just me joking...

RE: Traditional AMD
By Justin Case on 9/18/2007 6:35:43 PM , Rating: 2
Actually AMD's manufacturing is pretty good these days (Intel is about 6 months ahead, but that's not new; the fact that AMD has managed to maintain - and even slightly narrow - that gap, despite a much smaller budget, is a testament to the quality of their engineers).

Their marketing, on the other hand, still sucks. Did you know AMD's new chips support SSE5, which includes several 128-bit instructions? If their marketing department had a clue, they'd be screaming about how they have SSE5 while "the competition only has SSE4", and how they support 128-bit instructions while "the competition has barely caught up with AMD64".

SSE5 is completely useless outside of some very specialized situations, of course (same goes for SSE4, for that matter). But in the hands of a good marketing department it could be a great tool.

Instead, what do they do? First they announce 4-core chips and then... 3-core ones. At least do it the other way around and it'll look like you're moving forwards, not backwards...

RE: Traditional AMD
By murphyslabrat on 9/24/2007 3:05:31 PM , Rating: 2
Did you know AMD's new chips support SSE5, which includes several 128-bit instructions?

Actually, SSE5 was for bulldozer. And, while they might have some of those instructions available, they are probably not going to see use for a little while.

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