AMD talks quad-core chips, R600

— 11:07 AM on January 24, 2007

After announcing its disappointing financial results yesterday, AMD discussed its upcoming quad-core processors and R600 graphics chip. According to Randy Allen, AMD's Corporate VP for server and workstation products, the company's upcoming "Barcelona" quad-core chips will give Intel's Xeon 5300 quad-core processors a run for their money. Allen told ZDNet, "We expect across a wide variety of workloads for Barcelona to outperform Clovertown by 40 percent." Allen added that Barcelona will also be 3.6 times faster than AMD's current dual-core Opterons in floating-point operations.

Of course, come the second half of this year, Intel should release its first chips based on 45nm process technology. If the smaller process can allow Intel to hit higher clock speeds, Barcelona's purported performance lead could be diminished.

On another note, Beyond3D says AMD Executive VP of Marketing and Sales Henri Richard stated in AMD's earnings conference call that the ATI R600 graphics processor was still on track for the first quarter of this year. The statement is consistent with recent rumors that claim the R600 will finally be unveiled in early March.

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