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: Why AMD is doing this
9/18/2007 8:41:24 PM
Why do you hate our troops?
So this is the kind of PC BS rhetoric we have to hear any time anybody mentions something even remotely related to the military? I got an earful of this kind of crap in another thread from someone else, and it's way off-base.
OK, let me explain to you what the OP meant, although I think it is pretty obvious. The Vietnam War was considered by most to be a political and/or military failure for America. It went on for years and cost many lives and much money. The analogy is to some of AMD's products that are running late and putting AMD in the hole to develop, and the OP is expressing some concern that the performance may not be worth what has been spent, possibly relating to recent mediocre benchmarks.
Nobody is saying they "hate our troops"? Clear?
RE: Why AMD is doing this
9/18/2007 10:53:32 PM
Are you just being an asshole as usual, or do you really have no concept of sarcasm? Why don't you go back to your hobby of rating down people's posts on unrelated threads? It's also lame, but at least it generates less HTML.
"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007
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