Intel will start supporting DDR3 memory later this month with the new Bearlake chipsets but AMD prefers to stick a bit longer with DDR2 memory. The firm announced that their upcoming quad-core desktop processors will feature support for DDR2 PC2-8500 (1066MHz) memory:
“In the design of our upcoming native quad-core client processors, which we expect will be available in the second half of 2007, AMD is planning for DDR2-1066 memory support in our integrated memory controller with the expectation that it will be compatible with any future JEDEC standard that may be adopted,” said Bob Brewer, corporate vice president and general manager of AMD’s desktop division.
AMD’s quad-core microprocessors for desktops are expected to emerge after the company releases its quad-core server chips. The new central processing units, which feature monolithic, or “native” design, will be built using AMD’s 65nm Silicon-on-Insulator (SOI) fabrication process. The forthcoming microprocessors will include a broad range of functionality and micro-architectural improvements, including a new ability to dynamically alter the frequency of each core on the chip to match application workloads and thereby reduce overall power consumption, large level-three cache and so on.