AMD's K10 architecture examined

On Monday, AMD triumphantly announced that it would brand its next-generation K10 processors "Phenom." For the occasion, our friend David Kanter over at Real World Technologies has put together a comprehensive article that sums up more or less everything AMD has revealed about the K10 architecture so far.

CPU architecture nerds who've been following this probably know that K10-based "Barcelona" processors will have four cores, 2MB of shared L3 cache, 128-bit floating point units, and so on. Kanter's article takes a step back and looks at where K10 comes from and how it differs from not only AMD's previous K8 architecture, but also the Core architecture that powers Intel's dual- and quad-core Core 2 processors. It also delves into nitty-gritty subjects like circuit design. According to Kanter, Barcelona is a "solid improvement across the board" over AMD's current chips, and it should give the firm decisive advantages in the high-performance computing and multi-processor server markets.

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