AMD details schedule for new Phenoms, platforms


— 4:30 PM on March 7, 2008

During AMD's 2007 Financial Analyst Day conference last year, we caught a pretty good glimpse of the company's plans for new platforms and processors. AMD later provided us with some quarterly schedules for the release of future Phenom CPUs. However, at the ongoing CeBIT trade show in Germany, AMD got a little more specific and revealed some tighter release time frames for its upcoming hardware.

X-bit labs was on the scene, and it has compiled the information here. The site says AMD plans to unveil its "Perseus" mainstream business platform either late this month or in early April, followed with erratum-free B3 Phenoms some time in the first half of April. B3 chips will include the 2.2GHz Phenom 9550 and 2.3GHz Phenom 9650. In the same time frame, AMD will also release B2-based triple-core Phenoms clocked at 2.1GHz and 2.3GHz.

After that, X-bit labs says AMD plans to let loose its "Cartwheel" mainstream consumer platform. Like "Perseus", "Cartwheel" will combine freshly released Phenom chips and older Athlon X2 chips with 780G core logic and optional Radeon HD discrete graphics, although it won't have any of the same fancy business-oriented management features as "Perseus". The following month, AMD reportedly plans to release higher-clocked triple- and quad-core Phenoms. According to X-bit labs, we can look forward to quad-core Phenoms running at up to 2.5GHz and triple-core models running at up to 2.4GHz.

With all this desktop hardware out the door, AMD will switch its focus to the mobile space in June with the introduction of its "Puma" notebook platform. We've already talked at length about Puma, but just to reiterate, the platform will combine new Turion Ultra processors with 780-series core logic, 55nm DirectX 10.1 discrete graphics, and all kinds of extra goodies. A separate report about the subject by Reg Hardware suggests AMD expects "Puma" notebooks to retail from $699 to $2500.

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