Processor Blog has posted an article taking a look at AMD's recent announcement to license technology from Innovative Silicon Inc. The significance of the deal is worth much more than just the press release alone.
L2 cache continues to increase as time moves on and fabrication processes become more and more advanced. For consumer side products, using SRAM may still be practical, but what about for server and enterprise class systems. This is where I believe AMD is attempting to leverage their partnership with Innovative Silicon. This partnership will allow AMD to use much more memory, with the same die-size and performance, which looks to be an increasing concern to their server and enterprise class machines. Don’t expect to see such technology used in AMD’s consumer grade processors, AMD will surely test this process out on lower volume CPUs, such as their Opteron line – which should also see the biggest performance increase from such use..