Rumors of an AMD 12 core CPU coming soon?

AMD 12-core?

AMD announce a 12 core CPU?  

Rumors of an AMD 12 core CPU?

 

The guys over at Planet3DNow have found, and leaked, a nice piece of AMD's PR material. The image is shown below, clearly showing 12 AMD Robots, an AMD marketing image for their CPU cores. This has led them to believe that a 12-core CPU is inbound.

Adding little bit of my own knowledge of AMD APU added to the mix, I can tell you with almost absolute certainty that this is NOT the case.

   

AMD announce a 12 core CPU?  

No 12-Core CPU coming?

How can I say this? Surely the picture is clear enough! Are you saying it is fake? NO, I believe this image to be legitimate.

Remember when AMD launched Kaveri, a 4-core AMD APU. AMD had marketed this APU as a 12 Compute unit APU and not as a quad core, stating both the 4 CPU cores and 8 GCN GPU core clusters as Compute Units.

Combine this with my recent article on AMD's Carizzo APU Specs, which stated 8 GCN GPU units and 4 Excavator CPU cores. This is 12 Compute units in total, consistent with the above PR image.

 

It has been an oversight on the part of these other sites to consider these AMD robots as CPU cores when we already know that AMD are marketing Compute Units now rather than CPU cores. It is therefore my belief that even if this image is legitimate, but simply is only referring to compute units and not CPU cores.

Continue the discussion on AMD's potential 12-core CPU rumor on the OC3D Forums.

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