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AMD tri-core processor plans unveiled - 45nm in 2009

Posted on Wednesday, December 05 2007 @ 00:10:30 CET by

DailyTech received a roadmap with some more information about AMD's tri-core and quad-core processor plans:
The first triple-core processor, Toliman, is essentially a core-disabled version of the Agena quad-core processor. It includes a full Agena package, including the 2MB of shared L3 cache, with one core disabled.

Toliman, which will eventually herald the AMD Phenom 8000-product name, is scheduled to launch in February 2008 with mass availability in March. AMD representatives, speaking on conditions of anonymity, confirmed the initial 2.4 GHz Phenom 8700 and 2.3 GHz Phenom 8600 tri-core processors will launch with a 95W thermal envelope.

In late 2008, AMD will shift almost all of its 65nm quad-core offerings to 45nm. AMD will then follow up these initial quad-core offerings with 45nm dual-core and triple-core processors in 2009.

The first of these 45nm tri-core processors, codenamed Heka, will launch with DDR2 and DDR3 support. However, AMD guidance also details that Heka will ship with two different varieties: one with a shared L3 cache, another without. All 45nm quad-core AMD processors incorporate shared L3 cache, with the exception of the Propus family processor.

AMD guidance goes on to state that all mainstream Phenom quad-core processors, both with shared L3 cache (Deneb) and without (Propus), shipped in 2009 will feature DDR3 exclusively. Heka, on the other hand, will feature a mix of DDR2 and DDR3 support.



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