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K10 details and performance numbers

Fuad has word that the upcoming K10 server processor codenamed Barcelona is 50 percent faster in specfp_rate2000 then Intel's quad core Kentsfield. As the CPU speed was not disclosed it will be near the stated 2.5GHz which applies for its fastest desktop counterpart, the Agena FX. The slowest Agena's will however start at 1.9GHz and will have the 95W TDP for sure.Source: Fuad Barcelona | Fuad Agena FX

AMD Losing sales in USA, Barcelona may be delayed

With all the recent and not-so-recent processor releases Intel has made, and all the recent-but-buggy NVIDIA graphics card releases, it's no wonder that AMD (which owns ATI) is losing some of its market share. All AMD can do to try and maintain market share in the USA is to continue to cut prices of existing products, while Intel and NVIDIA enjoy the performance crowns. However, all this is bound to change when AMD unleashes Barcelona. AMD told TGDaily that the Barcelona processor core is on schedule. However, to ensure enough stock at launch, we may not see the Barcelona core until Q4 2007, or maybe even Q1 2008. AMD is likely to regain some graphics card market share back with the HD 2x00 series.Source: Nordic Hardware and TGDaily

Some thoughts on AMDs position

Besides the usual R600 and K10/Barcelona talk that keeps us busy all day long there is another side of AMD that many people don't seem to realize: the financial part. If you are interested on being reading some well written thoughts I would suggest a recent two-part article at There Ed Stroligo explains AMDs actual financial situation with all the losses of revenue during the last quarter and gives some forecasts on how AMD will react to this.

Get to the first part here and don't miss the second part.

Btw.: There are several other interesting articles about various subjects of the computer sector at their front page.

AMD Barcelona/Agena FX' TDP is 95W

The soon to be released next CPU architecture named K10 was x-rayed a while ago. We know that the K10 won't hit the 3GHz mark, it will come in all flavors from 2.1GHz all the way up to 2.9GHz. What we missed there, and what AMD didn't let out of their labs yet, was a corresponding heat dissipation figure. Now as acts like their silent megaphone they tell the public that 95W will be the maximum TDP for Barcelona and Agena FX. That is quite low for a real quad-core CPU, and sounds very promising in terms of overclocking achievements.Source: Fudzilla

AMD's Barcelona will be 'launched' on monday

Interesting news from AMD: It plans to sort of launch it's upcoming K10 CPU on this coming monday if one can trust an interview of two AMD spokesmen at the french website In this interview Giuseppe Amato (Technical Director, Sales and Marketing EMEA) and Philip G. Eisler (Senior Vice President, Chipset Division) are talking about the transition of the K8 to it's 65nm version, the K8L (L = Low Power). Furthermore they are explaining the new features AMD implemented into the Barcelona core and prove the rumor that it will come with 2.6 GHz only at the release.

Head on to to get the whole story.

AMD showcased a Barcelona Quad coupled with two R600 cards

On the presentation show of AMD's first chipset created in cooperation with ATI, the 690G, it flexed it's muscles in presenting a quad core Barcelona based PC system together with a pair of R600 graphics cards. The cards were running in Crossfire mode and the whole system was tweaked not for gaming but for calculating computational algorithms. It could squeeze out 10^12 floating point operations per second which equals a TeraFLOP/s (a term that get's quite popular today). AMD didn't seem to be tight lipped regarding the postponing of R600 at this event.

At least EE Times and The Register have a good deal more information packed into their articles.

At the press center of AMD there is now a press release covering the story.

AMD: It's not K8L, it's K10

For a long time, we've been nicknaming AMD's next major chip release K8L. In truth, AMD never really called their next generation CPU "K8L". The only time they ever nicknamed this new chip K8L was in imaginary roadmaps that were used a long, long time ago. The "L" in K8L actually stands for "low power", which has been used in the Turion 64 series for a year or two now. AMD has officially stated that their next generation of CPU's has the codename of K10. AMD also assures us that the K10 micro-architecture will be a very large step from what AMD currently offers in the K9 micro-architecture.Source: The Inquirer

45nm Opterons in 2008

AMD has released some information about its Shanghai processors – the next generation of server CPUs after the Barcelona cores. The Shanghai processors will be the company’s first 45nm chips, which should bring power consumption and heat benefits over 90nm and 65nm equivilents. They will also have 6MB of L3 cache and use the socket 1207 interface, so should be able to work with current Socket F motherboards providing BIOS updates are released. The Shanghai is likely to compete with Intel’s 45nm offering, known as Penryn.Source: DailyTech

More K8L specs leaked

Some new details on AMD’s next generation of desktop processing have been released, with three different models to go alongside AMD’s Barcelona (the processor for servers). The desktop equivalent of Barcelona, with the codename Agena, will feature four cores and should have clock speeds of 2.4GHz to 2.6GHz, with a 2MB L2 cache and 2MB L3 cache per CPU – it’s scheduled for the third quarter of this year. The mainstream processor is called Kuma and should launch with clock speeds of 2.0GHz to 2.9GHz using a dual core architecture, with 1MB L2 cache and 2MB shared L3 cache. Rana, the replacement for the Sempron family, will have clock frequencies of 2.1GHz to 2.3GHz, feature dual core and 1MB of L2 cache, but no L3 cache. The Rana is expected for the forth quarter of this year.Source: DailyTech

Details on AMD’s Barcelona

Although AMD’s next generation of server processing hasn’t been a complete secret, here are some of the latest details about it. Codenamed “Barcelona”, the processor is likely to go head-to-head with Intel’s Xeon 5300, both being quad-core processors. However, one key feature of the Barcelona core is that (unlike the 5300) it will natively be a quad-core CPU, not two dual-cores built into one unit. The chip will continue the advance into 64-bit computing, and like the rest of AMD’s 64-bit processors it has a memory controller build into it, another difference between this and the Xeon 5300. Despite much higher performance than older models, the processor will still only use 95 watts or 68 watts of power depending on the different designs, which apparently gives a 60% performance increase per-watt over the older generation Opterons. It can also support up to 256TB of memory, now that the memory controller supports full 48-bit addressing. AMD’s benchmarks suggest that it performs much better than the Xeon 5300 due to fewer bottlenecks, but this could obviously be biased against Intel.Source:
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