AMD Executive Presentation

Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2007 - 11:15 AM |
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During executive presentations today, AMD unveiled details about new
platform and product initiatives, future processor design philosophies
and insights into its manufacturing model. Highlights below include:

AMD Quad-Core Processors:
AMD's code-named "Barcelona" chips - quad-core processors for servers -
are on track to ship for revenue in August 2007. AMD demonstrated
multiple "Barcelona" performance scenarios underscoring leadership in
performance, virtualization, performance-per-watt and investment
protection.


AMD CoolCore Technology
power management enhancements, which turn
blocks of memory logic off when not in use, will further increase energy
efficiency. AMD CoolCore Technology will be incorporated into multi-core
products with the introduction of "Barcelona."


True quad-core AMD Phenom processors
will ship in the fourth quarter
of 2007; AMD plans to introduce its next-generation 45 nm desktop
processors in 2008.
AMD plans to bring quad-core to notebooks in 2009 with the first
"Fusion" processor family, code-named "Falcon." More detail about this
news is below.


New CPU Cores
:
AMD shared details about plans for two next-generation CPU cores:
"Bulldozer," for the server and client markets and "Bobcat" for the
mobile, ultra-mobile and consumer electronics markets. "Bulldozer" will
deliver a dramatic increase in throughput-oriented performance-per-watt,
and will be partitioned for future scalability and modularity. "Bobcat"
is designed for maximum energy efficiency and performance-per-watt for
next-generation mobile devices, scaling as low as 1 watt.


Future Server & Workstation Technologies
:
AMD made further disclosures about the new 45 nm server processor family
code-named "Shanghai," which is planned to be introduced in mid-2008. In
addition to core improvements on the "Barcelona" design, "Shanghai" will
include 6 MB of L3 cache.
AMD will develop chipsets for its next-generation server and workstation
platforms in 2009, which will include octal-core processors, code-named
"Sandtiger." This platform will feature the introduction of Direct
Connect Architecture 2, including HyperTransport 3.0, highly scalable
memory and I/O performance. AMD will also offer partner choices in
chipsets as part of its next-generation server and workstation
platforms.


DESKTOP TECHNOLOGIES and PLATFORMS
:
AMD's upcoming 45 nm desktop processor family codenamed "Ridgeback," is
planned for a mid-2008 introduction. "Ridgeback" will include 6 MB of L3
cache for increased performance, as well as HyperTransport 3.0, Split
Plane, and the new AM2+ socket, which is fully forward- and
backward-compatible with existing AM2 motherboards.
AMD released additional specifications for its next-generation platform
for desktops, code-named "Leo." Based on the upcoming AMD Phenom
processor, RD790 Northbridge and SB700 Southbridge chipsets, and R670
and R680 graphics cards, "Leo" will be introduced in 2008.

Next-Gerneration

Notebook Platforms:
AMD released additional specifications for its next-generation platform
for notebooks, code-named "Puma." Based on AMD's "Griffin" mobile
processor and the mobile "RS780" chipset, the platform will also feature
M8X discrete GPUs and additional new technologies. "Puma" is planned to
debut in 2008.


The first product from AMD's family of accelerated processors combining
CPU and GPU capabilitiese
s, code-named "Falcon", is expected in 2009.
Optimized for notebook computers, the "Falcon" family will feature up to
four CPU cores with an integrated, unified shading architecture and
DirectX GPU core for enhanced graphics processing. "Falcon" will be a
part of AMD's "Eagle" platform for notebook computing.


COMMERCIAL CLIENT SOLUTION AND PLATFORMS
:
AMD disclosed high-level information about its efforts collectively
codenamed "Hardcastle" to combine AMD technology and open industry
initiatives to deliver improved performance, manageability, security and
stability in commercial client platforms to be delivered in 2008. The
"Perseus" desktop platform and the "Puma" notebook platform are initial
"Hardcastle" business-class solutions.


Source: AMD
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