AMD Has Big Plans Through 2009
"AMD has some new toys up their sleeves for the next 2 years, and they have some very long sleeves."
Published: 28th July 2007 | Source: DailyTech |
Author: WC Annihilus
Phenom and Fusion Platform Previews
Coming up in 2008 will be two platforms for the Phenom X2 and X4 processor lines: Spider and Leo. Spider will be come first, featuring the RD7XX series chipsets, PCI-E 2.0 support, and HyperTransport3.0.
Leo will be set to support the later 45nm versions of the X2 and X4 processors. While Leo will still utilize the RD7XX chipsets, it will also be the first quad-Crossfire platform.
The Fusion platforms will come around in 2009. First up on the performance front is Python, which will be powered by a native quad-core Fusion processor in an AM3 package. Under it will be a RD8XX series chipset that supports DDR3 and graphics power will be provided by a DX10 or DX11 GPU with a 2nd-gen Universal Video Decoder (UVD).
The mainstream Fusion platform will be named Copperhead. It will have parred down capabilities compared to Python, but will still feature a Fusion southbridge and support DDR3.
AMD is also updating their Athlon X2 platform, with Cartwheel replacing the current Pinwheel (Athlon X2 processor with the AMD 690 chipset). Cartwheel will be on the RS700 chipset, supporting the upcoming 45nm Athlon X2's, PCI-E 2.0, and HT3.0. The integrated GPU will be DX10 compliant and feature UVD and Avivo HD processing capabilities.
Leo and Cartwheel will likely be seen coming with the 45nm shrinks while Python and Copperhead won't be around to 2009.
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