AMD Adds Triple-Core Processors to Roadmap
Anh Tuan Huynh
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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RE: Traditional AMD
9/18/2007 6:35:43 PM
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
9/24/2007 3:05:31 PM
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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