AMD Resurrects K8 Architecture for 2008 Roadmap
Kristopher Kubicki & Gabriel Ikram
December 5, 2007 10:22 AM
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AMD plans to keep "Brisbane" around, releases new chips based on it
Things at AMD may have gone from bad to worse with the lackluster Phenom launch in late November. Not only did Phenom fail to appeal to professional reviewers, but the company ended up removing
one third of its CPU lineup just after the big day
Last week AMD CEO Hector Ruiz vowed that the company would stop hemorrhaging cash and return to profitability soon. "That is our number one goal right now," Ruiz said
in a conference in Bangalore
Making a profit at AMD apparently means refocusing on its older K8 architecture. The company will introduce eleven 65nm K8 processors over the next two quarters. By comparison: AMD launched two quad-core K10 Phenom processors in November
with three more scheduled over the next two quarters
. Two tri-core Phenom processors
will follow in March 2008
Essentially, AMD will move any remaining Athlon 64 processors from the 90nm node to the 65nm node, with a few new frequency and TDP variations.
The AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ will be the first to jump on the new 65nm K8 bandwagon with a 65W TDP.
of the same featured an 89-Watt TDP. AMD will also add 100 MHz to the core frequency of the Athlon 64 X2 5600+, now rated at 2.9 GHz. Total L2 cache will be halved in the move to the Brisbane core, and the updated Athlon 64 X2 5600+ chips will feature only 1MB of L2 cache. Availability of these processors is scheduled for Q1 2008.
AMD's higher-end Athlon 64 X2 6400+ and Athlon 64 X2 6000+ will both be discontinued.
AMD will also update its "Energy Efficient" series and will release three new chips, the AMD Athlon 4850e, Athlon 4450e, and Athlon 4050e in Q2 2008. All of the new offerings will be based on AMD's
core and will feature a 45-Watt thermal envelope. AMD's current energy efficient "BE-2xxx" series will be phased out at that time. Respectively, the new chips will run at 2.5GHz, 2.3GHz and 2.1GHz.
chips will be based on the Socket AM2 interface. These processors are compatible with AMD's AM2+ socket designated for Phenom processors.
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RE: It's only fair....
12/5/2007 11:15:18 AM
When a company posts as many losses as AMD has over the past couple of years you need to step back and look at the leaders. GM did it Crysler did it, it's time for Ruiz to step down. Yes others will have to go But you need to start at the top and right now Ruiz is the man.
RE: It's only fair....
12/5/2007 11:43:46 AM
I agree with you there. Granted, Ruiz in not in engineering and doesn't directly effect die's and yields, the fact of the matter is that since Ruiz took over AMD hasn't executed anything well at all. That may or may not be Ruiz's fault, it may just have been bad luck, but the fact remains, he does not seem to be able to motivate people. AMD needs to be motivated.
Intel had the same issues a few years back. They were missing deadlines, changing specs at the last minute to accomodate for flaws, etc etc... Then they reorganized and recomitted to becoming #1 again, and started to execute perfectly again. AMD needs to do the same thing, and they can... given the right leadership.
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