6.29.2007

Leaked AMD Press Release Transcript

AMD to 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 July September

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.

25 comments:

13ringinheat said...

HAhahahahha you mean to tell me scientia didnt see those 2.5Ghz barcelona chips running fine as he claimed in his blog..........what about the 3ghz overclocks reported by inquirer that scientia was busy quoting............

I love how these fanbois believe every slide show AMD pulls up even though common sense and demos show otherwise.........i wonder how they will spin this............

13ringinheat said...

2.4ghz barcelona MAY rear its head later on

"Sources close to AMD's plans in Taiwan tell the INQ that AMD hopes to get 2.5GHz bins out of Barcelona, although dates for such beasts are not yet available."

2.4ghz barcelona at 120watts. Lets start the barbecue......and the BS about performance per watt........

http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=4060

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Anonymous said...

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

Did I mention lol

Anonymous said...

I disagree, the spin is not working. The whole world is waiting for the $266 Q6600 while just Sharikou and Scientia are in the Nile.

Giant said...

The whole world is waiting for the $266 Q6600

I bought the Q6600 a while ago, at the current price of $530. It's really fast for my media encoding and Photoshop work. I should have waited for these price cuts though. Half the current price!

Poke said...

I can't wait to get my hands on the Q6600 for under $300. It will be nice upgrade from my E6600 @ 3.6GHz.

AMD can't scale K10, they are hot, literally... 95W for 1.9GHz and 120W for 2.4GHz... pathetic.

Forget 40%+ performance advantage over Clovertown, this is what Randy had to say

"But any initial performance advantage over Intel will be less clear-cut. On some jobs, Barcelona will beat Intel's fastest chips, and on some jobs Intel may report better results, Mr. Allen said. In February, by contrast, AMD had asserted that Barcelona would have a 40% performance advantage over Intel's products."

http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/AMD-Barcelona-Chip-ftopict242691.html

http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2007/06/29/amd_barcelona_2ghz/

What happened to that 40%+ performance advantage across all types of applications Randy? Remember that interview a few months back where you stated that? And I think Randy is still spewing hard smelly FUD. Kentsfield and Clovertown has already pre-fragged Barcelona... Intel doesn't even need Penryn at this point!

Anonymous said...

lol @ Scientia

he has lied about seeing k10 just like ghost lied back in the day about am2 being fast

lol

congrats roborat, another prediction comes true

SPARKS said...

F**k'en A bubba. They spun for a year, smoked and mirrored, 'danced in the aisles', sucked up to the press, and this (memo?) is proof.

They've spun the press so badly, they all feel their credability was, at best, compromised. Even staunch AMD supporter Mike Magee felt, shall we say, disenchanted?

The guy who said the world is waiting for $266 q6600 could not be more correct. It will become THE defacto mainstream chip, while BarsaBaloney ain't even out the frig'en door.

Christ, I'll build one just for fun at those prices. So will MANY others.

This is a square kick in the balls for AMD. AMD wanted quad core. Boy, they got 'em in spades, allright. Ottelini is one smart dude. "Revenge is a dish best served cold.", and it don't get colder than this. This is gospel.

SPARKS

SPARKS

Ho Ho said...

Ain't that nice, Clovertown at 2.33GHz takes less power than Barcelona at 1.9GHz
linky

At 1.833GHz Clovertown works at only 50W versus 95W for Barcelona with 3.7% higher clock speed. Can anyone tell me where did that "performance per watt" go for Barcelona?

Anonymous said...

It poofed.

Anonymous said...



At 1.833GHz Clovertown works at only 50W versus 95W for Barcelona with 3.7% higher clock speed. Can anyone tell me where did that "performance per watt" go for Barcelona?


Don't forget, Intel has a LV 50W 2Ghz Clovertown coming in August to spoil the Barcelona launch.

Giant said...

See this Randy Allen video:-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_n3wvsfq4Y

In it, he says this:

Barcelona, we really view as the most significant change in our product family since Opteron's introduction in 2003. One of the things we've modeled is that we see is that Barcelona is going to be able to deliver performance levels, for many workloads, in excess 40% beyond what Clovertown can.


Whatever happened to this?

Now we're hearing about performance per watt?

Anonymous said...

Sarbarnes-Oxley anyone?

Well, AMD can always claim that their performance models were wrong. They never said actual silicon was exceeding Clovertown - only 'projections'

Is it legal? Yeah, probably. Is it ethical, well...

Anonymous said...

Roborat, download and keep below before the police get to it.

Look at the 2P and 4P projected performance slides 71 and 72. Man, how will Scientia, Sharikou and others be able to deny?

http://vd.verysell.ru/files/ie/252_10_DOCUMENT_Server_Section_PUBLIC.ppt

What a TREASURE TROVE of information :)

Anonymous said...

Oh shit!

Anonymous said...

That's rather convenient that they reference SPECweb99 and SPECjbb2000 when they cry at Intel for using a recently retired bench.

Anonymous said...

Barcelona delayed http://www.fabtech.org/content/view/3083/

yomamafor2 said...

anonymous

Now we're hearing about performance per watt?

Trust me, soon enough, we'll hear Randy talking about "power consumption per mm^2".

Anonymous said...

Trust me, soon enough, we'll hear Randy talking about "power consumption per mm^2".

R600 ROFL

Roborat, Ph. D. said...

they've already tried using "performance per watt per square silicon" in the last conference call. It didn't catch on as the analysts were too dumb picture things in 3 parameter dimensions.

Roborat, Ph. D. said...

thanks for the links Mr. Anon y Mouse.

roborat, ph.d said...

Hey, 13ring, how about we get together for some good ass banging this weekend?

13ringinheat said...

Oh, yeah, count me in but I gotta suck your cock too!

sparks said...

Hey, don't leave me out. I need some good ass pounding too. Maybe we can do a daisychain.