AMD 6- and 12-core processors on the horizon

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AMD announced a new roadmap that shows 6- and 12-core processors on the horizon. The 12-core processor, codenamed Magny-Cours, is designed for servers and scheduled for release in the first half of 2010. It will have 12MB of L3 cache and DDR3 RAM support.

The company is planning to release a 6-core chip, codenamed Istanbul, in the second half of 2009. AMD has dropped its plans to offer an 8-core chip and plans to go right from 6 to 12 cores, explaining that 12-core chips are better performing and easier to manufacturer than 8-core chips. AMD plans to launch another 6-core chip, Sao Paulo, in 2010, with 6MB of L3 cache and DDR3 RAM support.

The new chips will be manufactured on a 45 nanometer process, which will make them more power efficicent than chips manufactured on a 65 nanometer process. The 12-core chips will be two 6-core processors on separate chips in one processor package, which is more realistic than putting 12 cores on a single chip according to AMD.

Intel is a significant threat to AMD and has a formidable lead. AMD’s market share however did improve from 18.7 percent in Q1 2007 to 20.6 percent in the first quarter of this year.

Full Story (NYTimes.com)

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