Dual-core Opteron roadmap exposed?
AMDboard has posted an interesting roadmap detailing AMD's Opteron plans for the coming year. The roadmap schedules dual-core Opteron 200- and 800-series chips at 1.8, 2.0, and 2.2GHz for the second quarter of this year, with 100-series equivalents coming in the following quarter. Dual-core Opterons aren't scheduled to hit 2.4GHz until the first quarter of 2006, although single-core Opterons are shown at 2.6 and 2.8GHz in the third and fourth quarters of 2005, respectively. It's interesting to note that dual-core chips will also be available to the low power crowd. According to the roadmap, AMD has plans to release dual-core HE Opterons at 1.6, 1.8, and 2.0GHz, and a dual-core EE Opteron at 1.6GHz. Opteron HE processors carry a TDP of 55W, while EE chips are rated for a scant 30W.