New rumors originating from Hong Kong suggest AMD will introduce a host of new desktop processors based on its next-generation architecture in the third quarter of 2007. HKEPC says the new chips will include quad-core "Altair FX" and "Altair" models branded under the Athlon 64 FX and Athlon 64 X4 lines, respectively, with clock speeds for both lines ranging from 2.7GHz to 2.9GHz. These "Altair" chips will be accompanied by an "Antares" processor based on the same architecture but with just two cores running between 2.0GHz and 2.9GHz. Chips in all three lines will sport 512KB of L2 cache per core and 2MB of shared L3 cache per chip.
The report says AMD also intends to launch cheaper derivatives dubbed "Arcturus" and "Spica" in the fourth quarter of 2007. Arcturus will have two cores running at 2.1-2.3GHz and no L3 cache, while Spica will be a single-core chip aimed at the value segment.
Regarding socket compatibility, Altair FX will reportedly slip into Socket F+, while Altair, Antares, Arcturus, and Spica will be intended for Socket AM2+. The chips will be compatible with current Socket F and Socket AM2 motherboards, the report says, but Socket F+ and Socket AM2+ motherboards will also be available with support for the new HyperTransport 3.0 interconnect.
Oddly, HKEPC makes no mention of the "Barcelona" code name AMD officially told HardOCP was the correct name for its next-gen quad-core architecture. The Inquirer also recently said it had received word from inside AMD that Barcelona would launch in the second quarter of 2007, and that it would be followed by "Budapest" desktop processors with HT3.0 support in the fourth quarter of 2007.
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