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AMD's Steamroller CPU architecture detailed, due in 2013

08/28, 11:55pm

Bulldozer update refines multiprocessing, streamlines floating point

Tuesday at the Hot Chips Symposium, AMD's Chief Technology Officer Mark Papermaster unveiled AMD's upcoming CPU core. The new core, called Steamroller, is the third generation of the chip manufacturer's Bulldozer architecture and uses a 28nm manufacturing process. Steamroller is the first major refresh of the architecture of the CPU, and according to the presentation increases performance by 15 percent with equivalent power and clock speed.

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AMD adds 3.8 GHz FX-4130 to Bulldozer line

08/27, 7:10pm

Many AMD processors given price cuts simultaneously

AMD is deploying a new addition to the FX-series of processor for desktops. Furthermore, the processor manufacturer has lowered prices on 13 processors. The new FX-4130 is a quad-core offering, with a base speed of 3.8Ghz and a "turbo" speed of 3.9Ghz with a 125W thermal design power.

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AMD intros low-cost, eight-core Opteron 3200

03/20, 11:15am

AMD's Opteron 3200 web server chips start to ship

Chipmaker AMD has just detailed its new eight-core Opteron 3200-series CPUs, meant primarily for cloud and web hosting servers. Based on its current Bulldozer architecture, it can be had in four- or eight-core variants and is rated at 2.7GHz. A Turbo Core mode bumps the clock speed up to 3.7GHz, though only at half the active cores.

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AMD adds two FX processors, cracks 4GHz

02/27, 6:20pm

AMD's fastest processor without turbo

AMD has released two high-performance members to its FX lineup of bulldozer multi-core architecture processors for desktops. The new FX-4170 uses four cores to produce a base speed of 4.2GHz and a turbo speed of turbo-speed of 4.3GHz. The six core FX-6200 has a baseline of 3.8GHz with a top speed of 4.1GHz.

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AMD adds two new Bulldozer processors

02/27, 4:00pm

Quad-core FX-4170 and six core FX-6200

AMD announced it is adding two new processors to its Bulldozer lineup, the quad-core AMD FX-4170 and the six core AMD FX-6200. Both have 8MB of L3 cache and support up to DDR3-1866 RAM. The FX-4170 will run at 4.2 GHz, 4.3 GHz in Turbo mode, and have 4MB of L2 cache. The FX-6200 will be a 3.8/4.1GHz CPU with 6MB of L2 cache.

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AMD Piledriver chips to use resonant clock mesh, top 4GHz

02/22, 10:30am

AMD first to license tech from Cyclos for CPUs

Computer chipmaker AMD will turn to Cyclos Semiconductor for its resonant clock mesh technology in its upcoming Piledriver-based chips. They will replace the Bulldozer-core chips introduced in the fall of 2011. The new technology will reduce the chip's clock distribution power.

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Core i7 overclocked to 5.6GHz with special cooling

01/03, 8:15pm

Sets record for overclocking multiplier

An Intel Core i7 processor has been paired with a Gigabyte motherboard to set a world record for overclocking multipliers. A six-core i7 3930K, which normally runs at 3.2GHz, was overclocked to 5.6GHz with a record multiplier of 57x. The Motherboard used with the i7-3930k was a Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 with an Intel X79 chipset and showed the relative headroom the gaming-focused platform has.

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AMD releases 16-core Opteron 6200

11/14, 2:40pm

AMD officially releases 16-core Opteron 6200 CPUs

Chipmaker AMD has began shipping its Opteron 6200- and 4200-series processors, formerly known as Interlagos and Valencia, respectively. The former is advertised as having 16 cores, though they are based on Bulldozer architecture that include eight two-core modules. Meant for enterprise-grade servers, AMD promises 84 percent better performance and 72 percent more memory bandwidth.

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Cyberpower outs Gamer Scorpius line with AMD Bulldozer CPUs

10/12, 5:10pm

AMD Bulldozer CPUs now in Gamer Scorpius PCs

Custom gaming PC maker CyberpowerPC has introduced its new Gamer Scorpius line on Wednesday. All are based on AMD's FX-series Bulldozer CPUs and include the Gamer Scorpius 7500, Gamer Scorpius 8000, Gamer Scorpius 9000 and Gamer Scorpius 9500. AMD Radeon HD 6000 graphics are used inside the systems.

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AMD mobile processor roadmap shows Trinity, more

09/26, 1:30pm

Roadmap reveals Llano to be replaced with Trinity

Leaked AMD mobile platform roadmaps from German forum board 3D Center reveal that the Llano chip replacement, Trinity, is due to begin shipping in the winter of 2012, among other tidbits. There will be four specific models of the chip offered, though no specifics are available yet. A Bulldozer-based Piledriver core will be the basis, which will also underpin the company's upcoming AMD FX-series of processors.

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AMD claims Guinness World Record for 8.43GHz processor

09/13, 11:05am

Beats previous record of 8.309GHz

AMD claims that it has set a Guinness World Record for speed in a CPU. The company recorded an top frequency of 8.429GHz using an overclocked FX eight-core processor. The previous top speed, 8.309GHz, was set using a single-core Intel Celeron D 352.

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Leak details pricing for AMD's FX-series Bulldozer CPUs

09/12, 11:00pm

Pre-order prices range from $189 to $266

Although AMD has yet to announce launch details for its "Bulldozer" processor lineup, a fresh leak provides a look at the pricing structure. The alleged pricing schedule, which was posted by AnandTech, suggests the six-core FX-6100 chip, which runs at 3.3GHz, will fetch $188. The eight-core FX-8120 and FX-8150, running at respective speeds of 3.1GHz and 3.6GHz, bring the prices up to $222 and $266 per chip.

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AMD sheds more light on Bulldozer processor architecture

08/23, 11:00pm

Slides show Zambezi for AM3+ platform

AMD has disclosed a number of fresh details surrounding its upcoming Bulldozer processor cores, along with the AM3+ platform. Presentation slides show a Bulldozer die with eight AMD64 cores and 8MB of L2 cache, two 72-bit DDR3 memory channels and four 16-bit receive/16-bit transmit HyerTransport links. The new architecture splits eight cores across four Bulldozer modules, each with two integer cores and a floating point core.

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AMD Llano-based Fusion chips ship, get priced

05/24, 1:10pm

Llano, Bulldozer chips from AMD get prices

Llano-based Fusion chips from AMD that began shipping in April to netbooks and nettops first are now being shipped to notebook makers. Details of both the shipping and prices have emerged thanks to Digitimes that show a full-blown ship schedule will begin in July. AMD is reportedly due to move 1.5 million chips and would be well on its way to meeting its goal of a 15 percent share of the notebook CPU segment.

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AMD previews Khrishna, Trinity, Wichita, Komodo processors

11/10, 2:30pm

AMD teases Khrishna and other Bobcat chips

AMD as part of the same preview that showed the first shipping Fusion chips also provided the codenames for some of its longer term processor launches. Khrishna and Wichita will use a more power-efficient 28 nanometer design with two and four cores respectively. Both will cover virtually the entire range and scale from as small as a tablet to notebooks and some desktops.

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AMD details future Bulldozer, Bobcat processor cores

08/24, 11:40am

AMD Bulldozer to match Sandy Bridge

AMD at the Hot Chips conference today provided insight into the details of its Bulldozer and Bobcat processor platforms. Bulldozer is aimed at performance users and focuses on a new design with distinct but very modular processor cores. As the cores are separate from shared resources, adding more cores takes up relatively little space and allows scalability; AMD promises that the first server-class Opterons using Bulldozer will have 16 cores.

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AMD teases 2010, 2011 processor roadmaps

11/11, 6:10pm

AMD plans unified CPU/GPU by 2011

AMD in its annual analyst event provided details of some of its future processors and platforms. The highlight for the semiconductor firm is "Bulldozer," a major revision for both desktops and notebooks that should be much more efficient at multithreaded codethan existing designs. It will be particularly optimized for pairing with graphics chipsets and will be supplemented by "Bobcat," a variant of Bulldozer tailored to ultraportables.

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AMD Fusion chip to use Phenom CPU, advanced ATI GPU

08/05, 1:15am

AMD Fusion chip details

AMD's upcoming CPU/GPU chip will extend its portfolio of products as its rivals continue to search for new markets. On the heels of the Intel's Larrabee GPU unveiling on Monday and news of NVIDIA's upcoming integrated chip potentially finding its way into Apple's notebooks, leaks have revealed more details on AMD's Fusion "half-node" CPU/GPU combo chip -- which was in large part, one of the largest justification in AMD's acquisition of ATI. Citing industry sources, the TGDaily report indicates that AMD's half-node chip, due in Q1 of next year, will be manufactured by contract chip manufacturer TSMC, whose manufacturing headquarters on the main island of Taiwan (called Formosa). As the successor to the Puma platform, the first chip based on Fusion technology, code-named "Shrike," will integrate a dual-core Phenom CPU and an ATI RV800 GPU core, rather than the previously rumored dual-core Kuma CPU and a RV710-based graphics unit.

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