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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: name for 3-core
By kintoy on 9/18/2007 4:16:58 AM , Rating: 2

vaporware? its not Q1 of 2008 yet. geez. r u an Intel hack?

RE: name for 3-core
By TomZ on 9/18/2007 10:04:40 AM , Rating: 2
"Vaporware" is a product that's been talked about but not released yet, especially applied to products that are far behind schedule. So it's pretty fair to characterize Phenom as vaporware since it meets all these criteria.

geez. r u an AMD hack? :o)

RE: name for 3-core
By z3R0C00L on 9/18/2007 12:14:50 PM , Rating: 2
nice reply..:)

He sounds like the typical partisan hack making assumptions without verifying the facts. In other words a partisan Democrat or Republican hack..:p

Different subject, same tactics.

RE: name for 3-core
By kintoy on 9/19/2007 2:55:27 AM , Rating: 2

Phenom will only become vaporware if it isnt available in the 4th quarter, Intel hacks.

RE: name for 3-core
By SmokeRngs on 9/21/2007 5:46:58 PM , Rating: 2
a product that's been talked about but not released yet

That's not vaporware. That is an announcement of an upcoming product.

"Vaporware" is a product that's been talked about but not released yet, especially applied to products that are far behind schedule. So it's pretty fair to characterize Phenom as vaporware since it meets all these criteria.

Actually Phenom doesn't fit the requirements for vaporware. The release of Barcelona proves that the product is real. Considering the major architecture between Barcelona and Phenom are the same (as it was with the A64 and Opteron), it means Phenom is an actual physical, working product. However, it has not been released yet.

Phenom, while having its release date pushed back, is not way behind schedule. Late launches are nothing new in the CPU industry. While pushing back the launch and availability is regrettable, it's not a criteria of vaporware.

If you want examples of vaporware, look up Bit Boys and Duke Nukem Forever.

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