Rev. F Opterons coming in July?
The Inquirer reports that AMD's first Opterons based on the new Rev. F
core are due out on
July 11. Rev. F will bring support for DDR2 memory up to 800 MHz as
well as Socket F, a new 1,207-pin land grid array similar
to Intel's LGA775. The new chips will also introduce "Pacifica"
virtualization, AMD's answer to Intel's Virtualization Technology, and
"Presidio" security features, likely a stab at Intel's LaGrande. Little
else is known about Socket F Opterons, although previous reports have claimed the new line
will forgo single-core chips entirely, and AMD that is expected to label the chips with
four-digit model numbers. Instead of current 1xx, 2xx, and 8xx model
numbers, Rev F. Opterons will allegedly be labeled 12xx, 22xx, and 82xx.
Despite the new additions, a July 11 launch date would be somewhat
distant considering that Intel's new Core-based Xeon processors are due out
as early as June 19. AMD's own Rev. F
Athlon 64 X2, Athlon 64, and Sempron desktop processors are also
expected on May 23, and Rev. F Turion 64 X2s launched today.