AMD Announces Server/Workstation Roadmap to 2010

Submitted by lalit on May 9, 2008 - 5:28pm.

Development in the Server/Workstation market is a very good indicator of future of desktop and laptop markets. Hence the roadmap show by AMD for its Server/Workstation market is very important, in signaling the direction AMD is heading. For past few years Intel’s processor performance has left AMD in dust, which is another reason why this processor roadmap to 2010 is very important. The first processor on the roadmap is the upcoming 45nm Shanghai processor that will ship by end of 2008 and compete with Intel’s Yorkfield based Xeon processor. The processor will see 20% gain in performance and energy efficiency. The 4-core processor will come with 6MB L3 cache, 512K L2 cache and 128K L1 cache. Now the problem for AMD is that when the Shanghai processor is released it will compete with last generation of Intel’s processors as by then Intel would have launched Nehalem architecture based processors. According to Intel the Nehalem based processor will perform 15%-25% better then Yorkfield processors, again leaving AMD well behind in performance. In second half of 2009 AMD will release Istanbul, a six-core processor based on 45nm technology. Expect number of cores, the Istanbul processors will be same as Shanghai processors. Intel will be releasing their 8-core Nehalem based processors in early 2009 more then six months before AMD’s Istanbul processors. In 2010 AMD will introduce Magny-Cours, a 12-core design that will have DDR3 support, 12MB L3 cache, 4X Hypertransport 3 and probe filters. A six-core design based on Magny-Cours will be called Sao Paulo and will also be launched in 2010. Both the processors will use 45nm-manufacturing technology and work with a new platform called Maranello. Here again Intel beats AMD, as they will start using 32nm-manufacturing technology by 2010. Even though Intel has not said how many cores its processors will have in 2010 we can do an educated guess that they will have 12 to 16 core processors by then. Intel is almost doubling number of core every year and has already shown a 100-core processor that they plan to launch by 2012. In short if AMD wants to stop losing the processor market share in Server/Workstation market as well as desktop and laptop markets they have to speed up their development to be toe to toe with Intel rather then just following them.
[Via Arstechnia]