Rumors that AMD will finally raise the curtain on its long-awaited Barcelona processor on September 10 started to emerge last week, after the company sent out invitations to an event to be held at Lucasfilm's headquarters, touting it as "the most anticipated premiere of 2007."
Today, a report by DigiTimes fuels rumors of the upcoming launch. According to sources at server makers, AMD schedules to launch two 2-way Opteron (Barcelona) server processors at the event, while another chip will follow a month or so later.
The Opteron 2348 and 2350 will have core frequencies of 1.9GHz and 2.0GHz and will be priced at US$320 and US$390 in 1000-unit tray quantities, respectively. In October, AMD will launch the 2.2GHz Opteron 2354 with 95W TDP and a price of US$610 in 1000-unit tray quantities, however this processor should actually appear in the channel later this month, noted the sources.
Models at frequencies higher than 2.0GHz are expected to launch in the fourth quarter. The sources also said AMD has four-way Opteron processors in the pipeline, which will include the Opteron 8348, 8350, 8352, 8354 and 8356 models priced between $790 and $1550, although no details on clock speed, power consumption or launch date were given.