AMD may no longer have the high-end power-efficiency crown, but it's nevertheless cooking up a pair of new desktop platforms. So writes DigiTimes, basing its story on tips from insiders at motherboard manufacturers.
These platforms will include Leo at the high end and Dorado for the mainstream. Leo should bring together current Phenom IIs, future Thuban six-core desktop CPUs, and new 890-series chipsets with SB850 south bridges. DigiTimes mentions an 890FX and 890GX; if those are anything like the 790FX and 790GX, the latter will have integrated graphics and multi-GPU support.
Before you go thinking Thuban will launch in May 2010, too, DigiTimes specifies that Leo will merely have "support" for the six-core design. Then again, the same site reported earlier this week that Thuban should be out in the second quarter of next year.
Moving down to the mainstream platform, Dorado will bring forth a new 880G integrated graphics chipset and SB810 south bridge, both destined to sit alongside Athlon II processors. AMD's new Radeon HD 5000-series graphics cards are also part of the Leo and Dorado platforms. Perhaps the Radeon HD 5850 will finally be widely available by the time the new platforms arrive.
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