FUD Zilla heard AMD will release its Shanghai processor "within weeks", and also that there won't be a new server chipset this year. The Shanghai processor can be used with current motherboards, but the funny thing is that you'll have to wait more than half a year for a chipset from AMD that will offer support for all the new features of the processor:
With the Shanghai core AMD have added support for DDR2 800MHz memory, a 6MB L3 cache, support for Hyper Transport 3.0, improved virtualization technology and let's not forget the shrink for 65nm to 45nm which should make these processors less power hungry.
As you might've gathered by now, some of the features won't be supported by older chipsets, such as HT 3.0 and the bad news in this case is that you'll have to wait until sometime near the middle of next year before AMD will have a supporting chipset ready.
When AMD launches the Fiorina platform, these new processors should get a further speed bump with the help of the SR5960 and SP5100 chipsets from AMD and the company will also release a six core Opteron which is codenamed Istanbul later in 2009.
In 2010 AMD will be shifting its Opteron platform to socket G34 on the Maranello platform and the company is also planning on launching its Magny-Cours generation of processors in the middle of 2010 with the Sao Paulo being the first CPU on the list.