AMD told the press that two quad-core 65nm Phenom processors will be launched by the end of next month. This will include the 2.2GHz 9500 and the 2.4GHz 9600.
Both Socket AM2+ processors feature a 512KB of L2 cache for each core and a shared 2MB pool of L3 cache. In addition, both processors will operate on a 3.6GHz HyperTransport bus and will have an 89 Watt Thermal Design Power envelope.
In December the slightly higher-end Phenom 9700 will become AMD's third desktop Barcelona-derivative. All technical aspects of the processor will be the same as those for the 9600 and 9500, save for a few improvements. The processor will run at a slightly higher operating frequency of 2.6GHz. The downside of these improvements is a higher 125-Watt Thermal Design Power envelope.
An additional Phenom 9xxx desktop processor is on the horizon and is expected to make its debut in Q2 2008. Although the official clock speed has not been set for this new processor, AMD guidance suggests that it will not exceed 3GHz. The company has demonstrated its 3GHz Phenom processors since July 2007.
Whereas Intel usually releases its high-end chips first, AMD seems to have a completely reverse policy. AMD will be launching its high-end Phenom desktop processors after the initial launch of lower-end Phenom desktop models. AMD's high-end Phenom FX chips will appear on the market in Q1 and Q2 of 2008.
In the first quarter of next year we can expect the 2.6GHz (or higher) Phenom FX-82 and other Phenom FX-8x models will be available in Q2 2008. More info at DailyTech.