updated 12:05 pm EST, Fri January 18, 2008
AMD fixes quad-core issues
AMD has finally solved the outstanding issues with some of its quad-core Phenom and Opteron processors, according to the company's CEO. Hector Ruiz tells analysts that although the fixed B3 stepping CPU is still "running through the paces," the first engineering samples should ship to system builders within two to three weeks. Production in bulk will begin sometime this quarter, with finished computers going on sale by the end of the period.
CFO Bob Rivet mentions that the volume of Barcelona and Phenom quad-cores shipping this quarter should be nearly double that shipped in Q4 of last year, and that Opterons with speeds at 2.5GHz and higher should ship in Q2 2008. Ruiz, meanwhile, notes that some 45nm Opterons have already been produced, which should at last allow AMD to compete with Intel's current Xeon processors. The new chips will not ship en masse until the second half of 2008 however, missing their original mid-year launch target. [via TG Daily]