AMD's CEO drops hints on new architecture plans
A decent amount of information has
already trickled out about K8L, AMD's upcoming update to the AMD64
architecture, and a number of reports suggest the first K8L chips are
due out in early 2007. However, a new
report by X-bit labs suggests K8L could be but a mere stopgap in AMD's plans. The report quotes an interview in
which AMD CEO Hector Ruiz states the following:
"We're going to introduce a really new architecture that will work well
with our partners for the best performance. We're going to start
sampling it at the end of 2007 and roll it out in 2008," said Hector
Ruiz, chief executive of AMD, in an interview with BusinessWeek.
"We're in the throes of finalizing the architecture we're going to
introduce next, and that's going to be killer," Mr. Ruiz added.
Introducing a new architecture just one year after K8L may seem somewhat
hasty, but Intel's new refresh
also calls for an architecture to succeed Core in 2008.
Dubbed Nehalem, this architecture is expected to be built with 45 nm
process technology and feature the Common Systems Interconnect
answer to HyperTransport. The original
with Hector Ruiz sheds little light on the
purported post-K8L architecture beyond its 2007-2008 time frame. This scarceness of
information also suggests the possibility that Ruiz was actually talking
about K8L, and that BusinessWeek simply got the dates off by a year when
transcribing the interview.