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Intel Intel is getting ready to introduce a chip communications technology called Common System Interface (CSI) and also an integrated memory controller that mirrors an approach central to recent successes of rival Advanced Micro Devices.
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AMD sitting on its laurels
by bnolsen on Mon 11th Sep 2006 15:48 UTC
bnolsen
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2006-01-06

I'm still mad at AMD for sitting on its rear end.
I mean they pretty much had Intel technologically they released the Athlon64 series. Now it's making them tons of money. So the question is, what did they do with the past 3 years?

It seems when the A64 released they dropped R&D in favor of minor maintenance activities. Since the A64:

- Modify onboard memory controller for dual channel memory.
- Leverage existing A64 design to add dual core. (follow intel)
- Add SSE3 instruction compatability. (follow intel)
- Up the hypertransport speed from 1600 to 2000MHz.
- CPU frequency scaling (follow intel)
- Modify onboard memory controller to support DDR2.
- Add hardware virtualization support (follow intel)

AMD's release of the A64 was an industry leading event. What happened to them?? Where's their clear *cool* roadmap? Or now they just decided to wake up, and it's 2 years too late?

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atomicplayboy Member since:
2006-04-28

- Leverage existing A64 design to add dual core. (follow intel)

This is just simply wrong. AMD had dual core well before intel did, not to mention that they designed the AMD64 architecture with core scaling in mind. This will be their biggest advantage if it gets to a core battle with intel.

I think AMD is trying to appeal to the server market at the moment, and not create any massive architecture changes. They may not have a *cool* roadmap, but they've got a clear and consice one, which can not be said for Intel. I like seeing the underdog ahead of the major manufacturer as well, but if this keeps the money coming to AMD for more R&D, then I'm happy.

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RE: AMD sitting on its laurels
by phoenix on Tue 12th Sep 2006 18:15 in reply to "AMD sitting on its laurels"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

I'm still mad at AMD for sitting on its rear end.
I mean they pretty much had Intel technologically they released the Athlon64 series. Now it's making them tons of money. So the question is, what did they do with the past 3 years?


I've never understood this attitude. Why do people consider tech companies to be failures if they don't release new, updated, better versions every 3 months?

What ever happend to building a good product, that will last? Make small changes, incremental improvements, but without requiring wholesale changes to the underlying support hardware?

For instance, with AMD CPUs, you can plug in the latest and greatest CPU (with a few exceptions) into a first gen mobo. Every minor speed bump in Intel-land requires a new chipset, a new socket, and new RAM.

Modify onboard memory controller for dual channel memory.
- Leverage existing A64 design to add dual core. (follow intel)

AMD had dual-core CPUs before Intel did. Intel released a so-called "dual-core" CPU that was nothing more than two separate CPUs on the same PCB that plugged into a single CPU slot. Yeah, that's great tech, there. AMD released a true, designed-to-be dual-core CPU long before Intel ever did.

- Add SSE3 instruction compatability. (follow intel)
Considering Intel designed SSE1, SSE2, and SSE3, how do you expect AMD to release them first? You're also forgetting about 3DNow!, 3DNow! Pro, and the other 3DNow! release from AMD that Intel doesn't support.

Don't forget that AMD brought out x86-64 before Intel, so it's not as one-sided as you think.

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