The Inquirer received some more information about AMD's quad-core processor plans.
According to the company's latest roadmap for servers and workstations, it will be introducing quad-core technology in 2007. That's actually Q2 2007 as opposed to Intel which is due to offer quad-core in Q1 2007.
At Dresden, Armari's technical director, Dan Goldsmith, told journalists: "The AMD Opteron processor roadmap for servers features just one AMD64 core over a six year period, which means we don't have to make costly decisions choosing between different architectures."
The roadmap also outlines improvements in the chipset and platform support areas. However, Richard Baker, European channel marketing manager with AMD, was at pains to point out that the company's acquisition of ATI wasn't going to affect AMD's support for other manufacturers' offerings.
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Re: AMD presents quad-core roadmap by Anonymous on Saturday, September 09 2006 @ 01:42:02 CEST
Intel's quad core is coming Q4 of 2006, a full half year ahead of AMD. Given the target market for quad cores, I wonder how many will decide to wait for the AMD solution... probably not many.
Acquiring ATI may not have "meant" to cause an effect on chipset solutions, but it's going to have one. They are technically telling the truth, they will put no less effort into development. The problem will be, without Intel's "help", ATI won't be developing chipsets very fast, and that will dramatically affect chipset development. If a company lags dramatically in bringing new chipsets to match the timing of new cpu introductions, the market will stop being so interested in their product. Imagine if the RD600 was delayed to August of 2007. Would anyone be interested then? No, they wouldn't. They'd buy what they wanted now and "wait and see" later if they were interested in upgrading to the ATI chipset.
So while chipset development won't be effected from an "effort put in" perspective, they will be dramatically affected by development timing and subsequent market acceptance when they no longer have the willing cooperation of their target CPU manufacturer, in this case Intel.
In 5-10 years ATI will be what 3DFX became, something absorbed and only thought about in memory.