The Register talks about AMD's processor roadmap. One of the company's plans is to deliver quad-core processors by 2007 and to migrate to a new version of its HyperTransport-based Direct Connect Architecture in 2008.
AMD CEO Hector Ruiz first floated the quad-core CPU 2007 ship date back in April this year, but the company didn't formally add the technology to its public roadmap until yesterday after CTO Phil Hester mentioned it at the company's annual analyst conference.In 2008 they plan eight-core processors and even later this will scale up to 32 cores. And over the next twelve months AMD will move all its processor lines to DDR2 memory. Read more over here.
Hester also pointed to chipsets containing L3 cache, which also harks back to Ruiz' April prognostications - he too hinted AMD might one day return to the chipset market. AMD has "shared L3" down on its roadmap for 2007, alongside further extensions to the AMD64 instruction set - or extensions to the extensions to the x86 instruction set, as we guess they'll be.