AMD roadmap for 2008

AMD's roadmap for 2008 has slipped out and mentions few real news, but some interesting pieces of information. First of all, AMD will focus more on tri- and quad-cores and less on dual-cores, much like Intel (besides the tri-cores of course). AMD will severely reduce the number of Sempron, Athlon 64 and Athlon 64 X2 models, and next quarter will only feature three Sempron models (LE-1300, LE-1250, LE-1200), two Athlon 64 models (LE-1660, LE-1640) and a mere seven Athlon 64 X2 models (4400+ to 5600+). This means that the two high-end Athlon 64 X2 (6400+ and 6000+ will disappear).

This is far from surprising since these are based on the quite old 90nm core, and not the 65nm used by the remaining models. It makes little sense keeping the 90nm node alive just because of these two processors. Killing off 90nm also means that the FX-models will be upgraded in Q2. Phenom FX-82 is the name of the successor. Depending on the success of the FX-82, an additional FX-model might be launched in Q3.

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