Analysts peg October for Barcelona launch

Yesterday, we told you of a source at a motherboard maker who informed us AMD's upcoming Barcelona processors would show up not in the middle of the year, as AMD has been saying, but in September. Well, apparently, that prediction was actually somewhat conservative.

According to InfoWorld, analyst reports have claimed AMD plans to delay its next-gen server chip from July all the way until October. AMD denies those reports, and a company spokeswoman told InfoWorld, "We remain on track for a summer 2007 launch with partners shipping platforms in the third quarter." However, multiple analysts still quote the October time frame based on information from server vendors, distributors, and motherboard manufacturers. A report by Thomas Weisel Partners has even called AMD's officially quoted mid-2007 schedule a "head fake"—the first chips may ship in low quantities by then, but volume shipments may only come later. If Barcelona does indeed come in October, it may roll out just in time to face Intel's 45nm Xeon chips.

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