Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 15th May 2007 12:46 UTC, submitted by Jamie Luowe
AMD AMD says its badly needed quad-core desktop processors are on the way, and they'll arrive bearing a new name. Two quad-core chips will be available in the second half of the year, the Phenom FX and the Phenom X4, and a dual-core chip based on a similar design called the Phenom X2 will also appear by the end of the year.
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BluenoseJake
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2005-08-11

"AMD is doomed to always be a follower"

Actually, AMD has been leading the CPU landscape for quite a while now:

1. They created x86_64, and Intel was forced to use that technology in it's 64bit x86 products, called EM64T.

2. They had the first successful dual core x86 processor, Intel only came out with one after AMD did, and at first they were 2 separate dies in the same package. Core Duo came later.

3. They have been using Hypertransport for a while now, and Intel has not caught up with that technology, they are still stuck with the FSB, while they try to get CSI working.

4. Hypertransport allowed them to develop Fusion, which will allow gpus to be plugged into a processor socket on the MB, which will then run on the HT bus. Fusion also lets AMD build multi core chips where one or more x86 cores are replaced with gpus, physics processors, you name it. Intel just released details of thier similar plans, which are not as far along.

5. For the longest time, AMD was the only one of the 2 with an integrated memory controller, which allowed the Athlons to keep ahead of the P4 in terms of speed, as it didn't have to talk to the MC on the northbridge. Only with the Core Duo was Intel able to negate this advantage.

Edited 2007-05-15 15:44

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Mapou Member since:
2006-05-09

Actually, AMD has been leading the CPU landscape for quite a while now:

I agree. I did not mean a follower in the technological sense but in the business sense. Intel can outspend them anytime.

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BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

I agree, Intel can outspend them anytime they want, but that is mostly because of thier huge size, and diversified product portfolio. AMD has taken steps to remedy that by buying ATI, which gives them roughly the same capabilities as Intel, so hopefully they can compete on more equal footing.

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aliquis Member since:
2005-07-23

Isn't both core duo and core 2 duo more or less separately kernels still? They still share data via cache and fsb, not core to core, or?

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