AMD unveils 2 year roadmap and details next-gen CPUs

By Justin Mann on December 14, 2006, 6:03 PM
Is AMD's answer to Core and Core 2 finally here? Today, during the “Financial Analyst Day Presentation”, AMD unloaded a veritable horde of information on the community, showing details about many up and coming projects. The most exciting of which is an overhaul in the way AMD is looking at CPU design, which is dramatically different from the direction Intel is heading. While Intel is focusing on adding more cores to existing dies, creating a more powerful parallel processor, AMD is looking at taking multiple cores, but also relying on dedicated “xPU”'s of various types. By putting these “Accelerated Processing Units”, which could be anything from video accelerators to encryption accelerators, onto a single die, they are looking to avoid a core-war and instead focus on specialization:

Fusion, AMD's integrated CPU and graphics processor, is AMD's first step in that direction. However, the company eventually intends add more specialized cores that can handle tasks other than general-purpose computing and graphics. AMD didn't give any specific examples, but one could easily imagine future Fusion-like chips with cores for physics processing, audio/video encoding, and heck, maybe even AI acceleration.
While things like physics acceleration are only beginning to see adoption, the idea of a dedicated CPU for a particular task is nothing new. In the past, companies have attempted to put nearly all ICs into a single die, creating so called “Systems on a Chip”. AMD's direction is similar, though they appear to have much more focus, targeting areas that are most important to today's desktop and workstation users, by tailoring specific processors to specific markets. A gaming processor, an office processor, a CAD processor... it could be done.

AMD also announced many other plans for the near future, such as the development of HT 3.0, the introduction of quad core processors, DirectX 10 native integrated graphics cores, PCI Ex 2.0 and much more.

They are expecting true quad-core CPUs to be available mid 2007. Other improvements were also cited, such as a redesigned mobile core that will reduce power consumption and specifically intended to be paired with systems that have hybrid hard drives. The article is definitely worth reading, and many of the things AMD has put on their roadmap are looking really good.

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TimeParadoX said:
Im looking forward to AMD's new Processors, I always liked AMD so if they advance as much as they said then it will beat Intel in the Processor war ;)
d310n9 said:
i hope htey can come up with a "quiet" high ("game") cpu for laptops...all amd'S i've seen so far for laptops are basically just the standard ones jammed into a bad ass big laptop with a "ueber" loud cooling system...thats why i've been sticking with intels for now...although they start to annoy me T_T
spydercanopus said:
I want a 100% integrated circut computer. AKA solid state PC. Come on AMD! You can do it! With ATI at your disposal you should be able to conqure intel!
buttus said:
I like this concept VERY much. I like the fact that AMD wants to not only differentiate itself from Intel (and not fight a loosing battle ie the Megahertz war on Intels ground), but AMD truely wants to innovate. I think we all know now that more power isn't always better. Todays desktops have WAY too much power that isn't even close to being utilized. Cores that run at 5% capacity and so on.I think it is a basic philosophy. Work smarter...not harder. Having these specialized cores is similar to Dells advertising schemes where you build a custom PC to suit your specific needs. Well, that specialization will now start AT the core and work it's way out instead of say starting with the mainboard.
t-tek said:
amd is the shit if your rich but in my case intel is ******* awsome
deronjthomas said:
If you are a hard core gamer would you get the Gaming CPU or the C.A.D. CPU? Since C.A.D. and gaming use much of the same math. Just like some gamers would use a Xeon Processor for gaming.
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