Release Ship Industry's First Native x86 Quad-Core Processors In June August 31st
AMD's Stable Infrastructure Strategy Enables Availability of Systems from Platform Partners in
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -
March June 29, 2007 – Continuing to lead the industry add: shift of mainstream enterprise computing to energy-efficient processors, AMD (NYSE:AMD) announced today that Quad-Core AMD Opteron(tm) processors, code-named "Barcelona," are planned for shipment in both standard and extreme performance low power versions at launch later this summer. add: This would be the first time AMD has made both standard and low power parts immediately available as part of a new processor launch...
Due to its enhanced architecture - it is the world's first x86 CPU to integrate four processing cores on a single die of silicon - Quad-Core AMD Opteron(tm) processors can deliver significant performance and performance-per-watt
improvement enhancements over the competitors best existing processor architectures yet are designed to be backwards compatible with existing AMD Opteron platforms.
With planned availability at launch in a range of frequencies up to
2.6 2.0 Ghz, AMD expects its native quad-core processors to aggressively ramp scale to higher frequencies in Q407 in both standard and extreme performance SE (Special Edition) versions. Designed to operate the same thermal envelopes as current generation AMD Opteron processors, AMD estimates that the new processors can provide a performance increase up to 70 percent on most certain database applications and up to 40 percent on most certain floating point applications compared to the competitions best processor , add: with subsequent higher frequency processors expected to significantly add to this performance advantage.
"add: More than ever before, customers are expecting
performance energy-efficiency and performance-per-watt leadership as much as absolute performance. With this new reality of irreparable manufacturing difficulties computing, greater performance at the expense of greater power consumption is no longer achievable for AMD an option," said Hector Ruiz Randy Allen, corporate CEO vice president, Server and Workstation Division at AMD. "AMD has no other product to ship other than prioritized production of our low power and standard power products because our current technologies are limited our customers and ecosystem demand it, and we firmly believe that the introduction of our native Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor delivers will deliver on the promise of the highest levels of performance and performance-per-watt the industry has ever seen."
According to AMD, they're only releasing up to 2GHz not because their process is in a complete mess, but because the expectations of the entire market shifted into energy efficiency and performance-per-watt. AMD wants you to blame its customers for making them ship only low frequency Barcelonas. You have to agree, the spin is brilliant.