Sunday, February 12, 2006

Socket F Opteron to be released in 2Q06

This page lists the spec for Socket F (1207) Opteron obtained from AMD's presentation at the ISSCC conference, die size 220 mm^2, frequency 2.6GHZ, max power 95 watts. AMD said there is a 7% frequency margin, indicating initial speed can go up to 2.8GHZ. AMD also claimed that by dropping voltage from 1.35v to 1.1v, there is a 58% reduction of leakage current, however, frequency drop is only 15%, this means AMD can make a very low power version of the new Opteron. You can see an image of the Opteron core here. Pay attention of the size of the cache. Now consider that INTEL has to keep doubling their cache sizes.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any idea when AMD will release dual core AMD 64 mobile chips ? Intel is making lots of waves with their dual core (32 bit) chips so it is strange that AMD is so late on the mobile front. Don't think all people are willing to wait if they are going to buy a new laptop - Myself, I can't wait to get a ferrari AMD 64 dual core laptop :-)

4:37 AM, February 12, 2006  
Blogger Sharikou, Ph. D said...

So far Core Duo is pure marketing hype. It's a 53 watt chip. Note that DELL is only selling 17inch DTR notebooks with Core Duo and Steve Jobs is not bragging Core Duo notebook's battery life. AMD is going to release dual core Turion soon with 35 watt or lower power consumption.

9:16 AM, February 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Core Duo looks like more a cut and paste shoddy job than some brains being used...
It should be called Twin P3...ha ha.. Me too am waiting for Dual Core Turion

10:28 AM, February 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

*Cough* Try 31 Watts.

The Core Duo processor, while still using the Pentium Pro architecture at the core, was designed from the ground up as a dual core CPU. It uses less power than AMD's high end Turion processors, despite being a dual core CPU and offering greater performance.

If I decided to think like Mr. Anonymous claiming it's a "twin P3", the Athlon 64 is really just an optimized Athlon XP with an onboard memory controller and hyper-transport technology. The Athlon XP was of course a modified Athlon, and the Athlon was just a K6 processor heavily modified to enhance performance and to use the EV6 FSB. I guess your grand and holy AMD processors are just "twin K6s"!

Of course, such thinking is simply stupid. It does, however, prove a point. Still, when Conroe and Woodcrest arrive in Q3 '06, and Merom in Q4 '06 you'll be able to rest easy, knowing that they're using an entirely new architecture rather than the P6 (Pentium Pro) or Netburst architectures.

1:27 AM, February 13, 2006  
Blogger Sharikou, Ph. D said...

Please see previous articles on power consumption of the core duo, it's 53 watts. The number INTEL gave is for average use.
AMD64 is five generations ahead of P4 and Athlon.

8:05 AM, February 13, 2006  

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