AMD’s 2009 Product Roadmaps

Posted: November 17, 2008 in Computer Related, Trivia, Tweaks
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A few days ago, we published an an examination the CPU landscape in 2009. In it, author Loyd Case compared the public roadmaps from both AMD and Intel, and attempted to distinguish between the two based on price and performance.

Both Intel and AMD periodically adjust their roadmaps. At the Intel Developer Forum, for example, Intel executives presented their own roadmaps, concentrating on their upcoming Nehalem processor.

AMD doesn’t hold its own developer forums, but at its analyst day Thursday the company presented a comprehensive view of its 2009 product plans. We’ve wrapped them up here, in the accompanying slideshow, as a future reference.

At this point, we don’t know the pricing of these chips, nor their relative performance. We won’t know this information until they ship, when ExtremeTech will have a crack at reviewing them.

For now, the best hint at the performance of the upcoming AMD Phenom II X4 “Deneb” desktop processor – which will launch at CES in January – is the performance estimates of AMD’s “Shanghai” microprocessor for servers. Yes, they’re AMD’s own numbers, but representatives from Dell, HP, IBM, and Sun all took the stage Thursday at AMD’s headquarters (virtually or in person) and praised the chip’s performance. That’s telling. On the other hand, Intel has invited journalists to its Nehalem launch by claiming that the Core i7 will be the fastest microprocessor on the planet.

In this slideshow, we cover AMD’s CPU roadmap, the platforms that will use those CPUs, and many more details on AMD’s mobile platforms. We’ve even tossed in roadmaps for FoundryCo, the manufacturing business AMD will spin off as part of its “asset smart” strategy.


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