Some AMD roadmap slides have tipped up from a regional press briefing on Tuesday in Singapore, offering almost no new information whatsoever, but presenting us with a veritable constellation of codenames to confuse you with.
Ocworkbench published both seen before slides and heard-before commentary from the event, at which AMD’s regional South Asia vice president Tomo Kamiya and Far East technology director Tan See Ghee offered a general timeframe for the firm’s already not-so-secret roadmap.
In order to catch up with Intel’s already available 32nm Clarkdale, AMD told the Asian press it would be pushing full steam [Shurely Stream? – Ed] ahead and “firing on all cylinders” with its transition to 45nm, which of course still leaves the littler chipper panting behind its behemoth of a rival.
For desktop enthusiasts, that means the 45nm Leo platform coming this year, with its six CPU cores and DDR3. Roar. The platform also comes with RD890 and SB850 chipset, or, more enthusiastically, DX11 discrete offerings. Also coming this year to a mainstream near you is AMD’s 45nm Dorado platform, based on quad cored Athlon II’s and next generation integrated graphics.
Only in 2011, while Intel Tick-Tocks its way to 22nm, will AMD finally have a 32nm desktop option based on the four to eight core Bulldozer CPU – The Scorpius platform. For enthusiasts this means the Zambezi CPU, whilst less enthusiastic punters can settle for a Llano fusion APU on the Lynx platform with up to four cores. And only three years behind schedule.
AMD also said it would be putting significant focus on the notebook market this year, aiming for thinner, lighter and less battery hungry offerings.
2010 will see a slew of notebooks built on the Danube and Nile platforms, whilst 2011 is the year Fusion will also finally make its way to the notebook space with both the "Sabine" platform (with Llano APU) and "Brazos" platform with Ontario APU.
Of course, depending on how small and low powered Ontario turns out to be, we might even see it tipping up in handheld devices, we’d wager.
In fact, Brazos is the most interesting of all of the above as it's a non-X86 Fusion APU platform, focused on netbooks and MIDs (AMD’s first real netbook and below platform) and will put the firm head to head with Atom as well ARM Cortex CPUs. So competition - and margins - will be fierce.
In terms of discrete graphics, it was the same ol, same ol routine for AMD, with more waffling on about finally delivering on OpenCL (we’ll believe it when we see it), DX11 (no one seems to really care) and 40nm (supply and demand 101).
Sheesh, AMD, we weren’t even at this briefing and yet you still managed to bore us.