Monday, April 11th 2011

AMD FM1 Socket, Package Pictured

Here are some of the first pictures of AMD's new socket FM1. FM1 will be the platform for AMD's upcoming "Llano" A-Series accelerated processing units (APUs), in the desktop and notebook platforms. With it, AMD will compete with Intel's LGA1155/LGA1156 processors in consumer and business desktop markets that simply rely on the processor's embedded graphics. The Llano APU integrates a quad-core x86-64 processor with a DirectX 11 compliant AMD Radeon HD 6000 series graphics core (with 400+ stream processors, last we heard); a dual-channel DDR3 memory controller, and a PCI-Express 2.0 hub. FM1 is a pin-grid array, but its exact pin count isn't known. Purely by the looks of it, FM1 package looks smaller than AM3+. Clearly the version of CPU-Z used in the screenshot doesn't fully support the APU, but it does reveal some information. It's reading the quad-core chip as four single core processors with 1 MB L2 cache each. The processor is clocked at 2.4 GHz. Llano APUs are expected to make landfall in May/June.

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MikeX said:
I bet Memory bandwidth is the bottle neck.
If there's going to be 4 dimms, make it quad channel.
If 2 make it dual. I know they will change it.
Memory bandwidth is the bottleneck for all x86 style computer systems. It is the nature of the design.

Quad channel would A, require a crap load more pins and wouldn't be nearly as beneficial for a low to mid ranged processor class.

And what are they going to change? These are guesses as to what AMD is working on. These are final configurations of released OEM chips. They may not come to America, but someone, somewhere is getting these processors in a computer.
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Simply upping frequencies makes up for bus width, and this has been proven time and again.
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