AMD's next-gen Corona desktop platform to fuse CPU with NorthbridgeBy Shawn Knight 7 comments
It has been revealed via a leaked roadmap that AMD's next generation enthusiast-level desktop platform will combine the processor silicon with the Northbridge. According to marketing slides obtained by Zol.com.cn, the new platform is codenamed Corona and will use Komodo CPUs.
The document indicates that Komodo will have up to 10 Piledriver CPU cores, feature AMD Turbo Core 3.0, DDR3 memory and will use the FM2 infrastructure. Piledriver is the name of the new CPU architecture that will be the successor to Bulldozer, also commonly referred to as the second generation of Bulldozer.
The Hudson D4 FCH (Fusion Controller Hub) will provide up to eight SATA 6Gb/s ports, RAID 0/1/5/10 support, 10 USB 2.0 ports and four USB 3.0 ports. Although it's not specifically stated, it's safe to assume that the new FM2 infrastructure won't be backwards compatible with AM3+.
Next generation AMD discrete graphics will also accompany the new platform, but at this time not much else is known about AMD's plans aside from a 2012 release date. In the meantime AMD fans have the first Bulldozer release to look forward to, which could come as early as September 19.
AMD is resurrecting their FX moniker for use on high-end processors, a throwback to enthusiast-level products with the same branding dating back to 2003. Turkish website DonanimHaber got their hands on an engineering sample earlier this month and broke NDA by releasing benchmarks from a FX-8130P CPU. Pricing for this particular CPU is said to be around $320.