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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12/5/2007 11:18:56 AM
Intel is not the only company that "Rebadges and enhances" products, nVidia used the Geforce 2, Improced the Memory Controller, Added a few things, and called it a Geforce 4 MX.
ATI Used the Radeon 8500 and did a similar thing, and renamed it the Radeon 9000, 9100, 9200 etc.
The Geforce 7 series is a heavily modified Geforce 6 series GPU.
All these company's do similar things, its how they gain little niche' markets, and improve they're market share.
Then again people didn't complain when they found out that they're Geforce 6200 A's are actually Geforce 6600's although its the same thing, just a superior product turned into a lesser one in order to meet demand, so why act differently in this situation?
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