AMD: Bulldozer taped out, Ontario coming this year


— 6:00 AM on July 19, 2010

After disclosing its financial results last Friday, AMD gathered journalists, analysis, and stockholders for a quick conference call, taking the opportunity to drop a few hints about the status of its next wave of processors. The folks at Seeking Alpha managed to write up a transcript of the whole thing.

Of note: CEO Dirk Meyer's announcement that Ontario, a processor that will combine the new, low-power Bobcat core and integrated DirectX 11 graphics, will ship "in the fourth quarter of this year, ahead of schedule." Look for Ontario processors in next-gen ultraportables and netbooks.

Meyer also said AMD has taped out Bulldozer, the CPU architecture that will supplant today's Phenom IIs and Opterons. Here's the relevant snippet from Seeking Alpha's transcript:

In the second quarter this year we also taped out the first 32 nm product based on our new high performance Bulldozer CPU core. We plan to begin sampling our Bulldozer based server and desktop processors in the second half of this year and remain on track for 2011 launches. These new processors will deliver significant performance improvements to the AMD platform.

Llano, meanwhile, remains on schedule for "production shipments" in the first half of 2011. Too bad AMD didn't pull that one forward; a quad-core APU would probably have been a nice way to spice up our Christmas system guide.

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