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It's not the next drug, but it is Intel's next-generation ultra-high-end motherboard

Although this might be a little inconsequential to post in a blog, I just wanted to point out that Intel's next-generation Skulltrail replacement is technically on the roadmap for Q4 2008. 

It's name: Smackover.   This server motherboard, rebranded as a halo desktop product, will only compete at the ultra-high-end enthusiast segment -- a market AMD recently exited.

Also like Skulltrail, Smackover is essentially a server motherboard with overclocking abilities for the upcoming Nehalem processor, also slated for release in Q4 2008.  The board will use the Tylersburg server chipset with ICH10R. 

Intel designates its product codenames off various points of interest on U.S. maps.  Smackover, as it would happen, is actually a small town in Arkansas.  It had to be somewhere I suppose.

Intel guidance is light on details, though representatives (off the record) would confirm that the board features 3-channel DDR3 and an LGA1366 socket. 

Just remember friends, smack kills!

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smackdown + game over = smackover
By GeorgeOrwell on 12/5/2007 6:02:55 AM , Rating: 2
Three Rivers, OR -- Intel releases the triple fork monster that will deliver the full body smackdown that AMD has so long been asking for.

Seriously... if Intel does a good job on this memory controller, it will be an actual significant step forward for PC performance, giving Intel's advanced cache designs some serious backend memory bandwidth and reasonable latency at long last.

All this and a pin count very similar to AMD's Socket-F(+). That doesn't bode well for AMD.

Maybe if AMD can finish Barcelona+ and get it ported to 45nm with larger L2 and L3 caches, AMD will have a chance. It may take a redesign of the integer side of Barcelona too, to get an integer IPC that is better than Intel's.

This is a lot of work for a company that has not successfully delivered anything new to the market beyond Opteron. It all spells acquisition, probably by the end of 2008.

RE: smackdown + game over = smackover
By crystal clear on 12/5/2007 6:53:15 AM , Rating: 2
Time for some real jokes-really I am not joking.......

Ruiz commented "If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel".

WOW fantastic.....heres more.....

Ruiz further opined that "So I would say that Intel is trying to catch up with us in that respect" and loaded the verbal shotgun with this magnificent literary gem "Intel continues... to abuse their monopoly and that's why around the world governments and regulatory agencies continue to go after them."

"So I would say that Intel is trying to catch up with us in that respect"

Looks like the desert heat & sandstorms of Dubai made him a bit.......(you finish the sentence)

By GeorgeOrwell on 12/6/2007 7:07:36 AM , Rating: 1
It is especially funny, in that sick pathetic way, because AMD has not invented anything in the past 5 years. All of Opteron is older than 5 years.

And then we might was well take a peek at "AMD's" technology:

HyperTransport was grifted from the Transputer. Which is circa 1987.

The on-chip memory controller was borrowed from the DEC Alpha. Circa 1990? (I didn't look this one up).

These are the two main AMD contributions to x86 design, not including AMD64 / x86_64. Which was nothing more than what Intel had done when they went from 16 bit (286) to 32 bit (386). AMD copied what Intel had done, but from 32 to 64.

Even their Athlon was based on the technology they bought when they acquired Nexgen.

Overall, AMD is not a company that can say they truly invented much of anything.

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