AMD to start next gen CPU soon -

AMD is set to release its Vishera microprocessors with up to eight Piledriver-class x86 cores in the third quarter.

According to Donanimhaber's web site, production of AMD's next-generation high-performance x86 CPUs for high-end desktops and servers will start soon.

The new chips will improve instructions per clock performance of existing chips by at least 15 per cent.

Donanimhaber thinks it is likely that AMD will start production of Viperfish dies that will power both code-named "Vishera" FX products for desktops and "Seoul" and "Abu Dhabi" Opteron chips for servers.

AMD has said that its FX "Vishera" central processing units sports up to eight Piledriver x86 cores, dual-channel DDR3 memory controller and are compatible with AM3+ infrastructure. They will also play nice with the Scorpius platform featuring AMD 990FX core-logic sets. Although the new platform has its own code-name "Volan", some sources are calling it "Scorpius Refresh".

Donanimhaber indicates that instruction per clock (IPC) performance of Vishera will be 15 per cent higher than Zambezi thanks to Piledriver micro-architecture as well as some other tweaks.

Earlier it was thought that FX "Vishera" chips will only bring 10 percent speed improvement at the same clock-speed compared to the currently available chips.