Thursday, September 2nd 2010

Bulldozer-based Orochi and Fusion Llano Die Shots Surface in GlobalFoundaries Event

The first official die-shots of the first Bulldozer architecture derivative, the eight-core "Orochi" Opteron die was displayed at Global Technology Conference, by GlobalFoundries, AMD's principal foundry-partner. While AMD did not give out a die-map to go with it, the structures we can make out are four Bulldozer modules holding two cores and a shared L2 cache each, a L3 cache spread across four blocks that's shared between all cores, the northbridge-portion cutting across the die at the center, and the integrated memory controller along its far-right side. Various I/O portions are located along the other three sides.

Next up is the Llano die. This is AMD's very first Fusion APU (accelerated processing unit) die. It is based on the K10 architecture and integrates a graphics processor and northbridge completely into one die. It precedes APUs based on the Bobcat architecture. Fortunately, there is a die-map at hand, which shows four K10 cores with dedicated 1 MB L2 caches per core, no L3 cache, an integrated SIMD array that holds 480 stream processors. The GPU component is DirectX 11 compliant. Other components include an integrated northbridge, integrated memory controller, integrated PCI-Express root complex, and HyperTransport interface to the chipset.

While Orochi is being built on 32 nm process, Llano is built on the 40 nm bulk process. AMD is designing the Orochi to compete with Intel's Sandy Bridge derived parts, while with the Llano Fusion APU, AMD is hoping to alter the casual gaming market dramatically. The APU's graphics processing capabilities are currently being measured to be on par with the ATI Radeon HD 5670 discrete GPU, while the quad-core CPU portion is built for the latest applications and games. AMD will pitch the Fusion APU as a one-piece solution that will offer both a fast processor, and GPU for performance home PCs, and casual gaming PCs.Source: PC Perspective
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16 Comments on Bulldozer-based Orochi and Fusion Llano Die Shots Surface in GlobalFoundaries Event

#1
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
Temperatures will be fairly interesting to see. 480 shaders on one cpu is going to be very nice though.
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#2
wahdangun
wow, a quad core a HD 5670 die in one packed at 40 nm process, good job AMD, please bring it fast, it will be devastating intel and their puny intel HD graphic
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#3
theubersmurf
I can't wait to build a few Llano's for people. A really basic system that could handle some simple gaming and other slightly more graphically intensive tasks, and have GPU acceleration available at a really low cost. Maybe this will boost some development of GPU accelerated applications too. If they become relatively commonplace as CPUs It could happen really easily.
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#4
Hayder_Master
i hope AMD back in challenge like in Athelon x2 times
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#5
inferKNOX
Spell check needed on the last sentence.
Interesting...:cool:
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#6
JATownes
Now I just need Benetagia to jump in with this photo and explain what all the pretty shiny bits do.
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#7
Delta6326
5670!? dang i wonder if this will mean the next AMD 6k series will have less low end cards? but i want a bulldozer! or bobcat
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#8
theubersmurf
You know what else is just great about this for all the PC gamers out there....A uniform set of hardware specs that developers can count on. Not that they're all that impressive, but in all seriousness...they're not bad either.
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#9
HossHuge
I know they are pitching this to the casual gamer but I wonder if they will come out with some sort of crossfire/hybrid crossfire compatibility.
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#10
Imsochobo
Bulldozer looks, well, like they said, modular!

Great job amd on the modular design!
Hope it delivers !
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#11
pjladyfox
I'd be really curious to see how this stacks up against Intel's upcoming Sandy Bridge GPU which looks to finally reverse the "Intel = Crap Inside" motto they've had for their GPU's in the past. If AMD can pull off meeting or exceeding the performance of the Sandy Bridge GPU it will start to get pretty exciting in the low-end notebook market where they've been trading hits back and forth for awhile now.

I've not been this excited about integrated graphics ever and it's nice to see Intel taking things serious for a change since competition will only improve things.
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#12
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
IT looks and sounds very impressive. Now I want to make a second machine with the APU and the new Bulldozer chip.
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#13
DaC
The time to sell my i5-750 is approaching...... I mean, I don't know about the i5, but the N230 netbook is for sure gone soon!
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#14
LAN_deRf_HA
Apparently those die shots were manipulated. Either to hide something from intel or to hide that something was visibly non-functional.
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#15
TheGuruStud
by: LAN_deRf_HA
Apparently those die shots were manipulated. Either to hide something from intel or to hide that something was visibly non-functional.
Yeah, they're all shopped. Why show intel anything? They'll just start copying it anyway :laugh:

*awaits report that ivy bridge is to be modular* :D
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#16
JF-AMD
AMD Rep (Server)
by: LAN_deRf_HA
Apparently those die shots were manipulated. Either to hide something from intel or to hide that something was visibly non-functional.
They were manipulated to prevent the competition from doing math that would help them in performance modeling. Everything is functional.
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