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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: The INQ was right after all...
By Justin Case on 9/18/2007 6:54:17 PM , Rating: 2
No, Tom, as I've told you before, I'm not. I just happen to like news sites that actually publish news, as opposed to sites that have slowly become "press-release replicators".

If all I want is to read AMD's official press releases, I can go directly to AMD's site. The point of IT journalism is to go looking for the news and tell them to the end users before they are made publicly avilable by the industry. Knowing about a new product 24 hours in advance can be the difference between making a lot of money or losing it. And, in that aspect, the Inquirer (and the Register, and a couple of other real news sites - including Anandtech, in the old days) has been quite good to me over the years. And, also from that point of view, the more people ignore it or fail to understand its articles, the better. You continue to get your "news after the fact", and I'll continue to get my "unfounded and premature speculation"... that turns out to be right 8 times out of 10.

P.S. - Why on Earth would I want to use "dual user names", as the numbskull below suggests? Do I look like I have any problem speaking my mind with this one...? Feel free to check my IP. Check your own, while you're at it, maybe you'll find that you're suffering from schizophrenia.

RE: The INQ was right after all...
By TomZ on 9/18/2007 8:44:10 PM , Rating: 2
Well, thanks for clarifying. I don't think anybody is saying they think you have two user accounts. That was referring to somebody else who got caught in the act. And for the record, no, I only have one user account here, like anybody cares anyway.

RE: The INQ was right after all...
By crystal clear on 9/19/2007 3:28:37 AM , Rating: 1
Tom you put forward a question-

Justin, if you are affiliated with Inq, you should disclose it here.

A response of YES or NO is missing,rather you get a vague response evasive in nature

By rdeegvainl on 9/19/2007 5:29:11 AM , Rating: 2
Not siding with anyone here,
but did you read his first word in the post, the one that says "NO"

By crystal clear on 9/19/2007 3:23:12 AM , Rating: 1
Nobody accused you of using 2 usernames !-while you're at it, maybe you'll find that you're suffering from schizophrenia.

Numbskull should be your username !

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