AMD to debut quad-core chips by 2007

EE Times has details from AMD's latest analyst conference call, including the revelation that quad-core processors could be introduced by 2007—a year earlier than previously expected. Opterons will presumably be the first to receive the quad-core treatment, and there's mention of a chipset-level L3 cache, as well.

On the mobile front, AMD expects dual-core Turion 64 processors to enter mass production in the second half of 2006. AMD will also offer a mobile platform to OEMs to help speed development. The notebook platform will feature several chipset options, including IGPs from ATI, NVIDIA, and possibly others. However, it's unclear whether AMD will brand the platform as a whole to more directly compete with Intel's Centrino approach.

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