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AMD promises quad cores by 2007

Intel develops sharp pain in head
Wed Nov 16 2005, 16:22
CHIP FIRM AMD told analysts yesterday that it will roll out quad cores by 2007.

That is going to give Intel a severe headache.

According to a report on the IDG News Service, the quad cores will be linked by a revised type of Hypertransport that can support DDR.

And that will mean servers with up to 32 CPUs, according to AMD. Earlier this week AMD partner Newisys showed off the Horus chipset which will allow for 32 way systems.

But the firm also told the analysts that only minor changes are expected in 2006. The M2 socket, however, will mean quad core chips can just slot into existing designs.

There's more details here.

Here are a few slides we grabbed from the AMD presentation. CEO Hector Ruiz appeared to hold out little hope of Dell boosting AMD's server sales for quite some time, but it's obvious he has great hopes for additional sales from IBM and its other tier one customers. µ

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