While we’re still spinning our wheels waiting for AMD to toss out new 8-core desktop FX CPUs, a recently leaked roadmap shows that their mobile segment is still on time, at least, with speedy new chips arriving as soon as January of next year.
Just a couple of weeks ago at IDF, AMD managed to break the world desktop CPU frequency record, boosting an FX class CPU to well over 8GHz with the help of some liquid nitrogen, liquid helium and a lot of patience. This new roadmap shows when we might actually see those cores – and hopefully, it’s soon.
Why are we talking so much about these mobile chipsets? The simple answer is that they get used in a lot of desktops, too. Manufacturers often look at the mobile form factor of processors from both Intel and AMD when they consider a new product; in areas where power efficiency or even physical space is an issue, these thinner, more lightweight CPU offerings can then shave off a few percent here, an inch or two there. In fact, many all-in-ones take advantage of these powerful new chips.
The downside, of course, is that according to the bottom of these slides, they were created back in July of this year. That’s no problem in and of itself, of course, but given AMD’s penchant for missing deadlines lately (Bulldozer was supposed to launch years ago, for example) it’s all we can do to hope. The high-end of the performance segment will bring high-end mobile chips to the game, along with redesigned ‘London’ graphics cores.
There are a few interesting developments, with the mid-range segment looking to be split between Trinity next-generation cores and the older Bobcat cores, both attached to Longdon graphics. Mum’s the word when it comes to performance values of the units. Unlike a few less-than-stellar leaked results from the Bulldozer cores showed that AMD still had some groundwork to do. Groundwork, that is, to let them catch up with rival Intel who, although they still lag on graphics performance, beats the No. 2 chipmaker handily when it comes to CPU cores.