AMD spokesman John Taylor unveiled AMD's Phenom II processors may receive DDR3 support earlier than expected. Originally, the firm aimed to introduce Phenom II chips with DDR3 support by mid-2009, but Taylor says AMD may push that up depending on factors including pricing of the memory.
AM3's launch could be as early as "a few" months after the release of the Phenom II processor, which is scheduled for launch in January.
"We want to look at hitting the market at the right time with the right product," Taylor said. The company will take into account the cost of DDR3 memory and the benefits it delivers to customers before deciding on a release date, he said.
AMD plans to transition to DDR3 memory support for servers with the Maranello platform in 2010. The Maranello platform includes the six-core Sao Paulo and 12-core Magny-Cours chips.
DDR3 is a new form of memory that offers larger bandwidth for quicker data transfers in PCs than DDR2 memory. As processors get faster, DDR3 provides faster communication between the CPU and the memory that could boost system performance, said Nathan Brookwood, principal analyst at Insight 64.