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AMD to launch 6 and 12 core processors in 2010

AMD reveals roadmap for server processors including move to 45nm and new platform

AMD has revealed its processor roadmap out to 2010, including its first 45nm processors and six- and twelve-core processors.

The chip company expects to produce its first 45nm processors in the second half of this year. The quad-core server processor, codenamed ‘Shanghai', will be part of the AMD Opteron brand, and will boast around 25% performance increase on AMD's current 65nm Opteron quad core processors.

By the second half of 2009, the company plans to ship its first 6-core server processor, codenamed ‘Istanbul', which will fit the Socket F1, to allow manufacturers to preserve platform investments and increase system performance-per-watt.

The next step up for AMD processors will be with the move to Socket G34 platform, in the first half of 2010, with 6-core ‘Sao Paolo' and 12-core ‘Magny Cours' processors, which will incorporate DDR3 memory and an additional HyperTransport 3.0 link.

Randy Allen, corporate vice president and general manager, Server and Workstation, AMD commented: "Based on input from our OEM partners, AMD is updating its server roadmap to strengthen its alignment with end-customer priorities. Today's roadmap updates support AMD's long-standing goal of meeting our OEM partners' demands for platform longevity while driving increased performance-per-watt and more advanced virtualization features and functionality."