AMD puts second-generation "Stars" plans on its roadmap, now with more celestial names
AMDâ€™s latest roadmap outlines plans for second-generation Stars quad, dual and single-core processors. Five second-generation Starsprocessors are in the pipeline for 2Hâ€™2008. The five variants include quad-core Deneb FX and Deneb, dual-core Propus and Regor, and single-core Sargas. The new processors drop into new Socket AM3 and AM2+ motherboards for backwards compatibility.
All second-generation Stars processors have new memory controllers with DDR3 and DDR2 memory compatibility. Taking advantage of DDR3 memory requires the use of a Socket AM3 motherboard though. Socket AM2+ users can upgrade to second-generation Stars processors with a memory bandwidth penalty.
Second-generation Stars processors introduce AMDâ€™s 45nm fabrication process. AMD plans to make a quick move to 45nm. The entire product lineup will move to 45nm within 2Hâ€™2008, unlike the move to 65nm, which began Q4â€™2006 and still in process.
Succeeding Agena FX and Agena processors is the Deneb FX and Deneb cores. AMD has not set any specific details such as cache configuration or HyperTransport speeds yet. However, Deneb FX and Deneb processors will carry on with shared L3 caches and HyperTransport 3.0. AMD will offer Deneb FX in Socket AM2+/AM3 and land-grid array 1207+ socket configurations. Expect Deneb FX and Deneb cores to carry the Phenom FX and Phenom X4 names.
Anyone notice that AMD has been playing tag with Intel. Expect AMD is always "it."
AMD is never going to beat Intel to a die shrinkage (45nm, 32nm), they are never going to beat that to a multicore achievement (quad core, 8 core, 16 core), and will likely not beat them in the near future in performance.
What they need to come up with is something different, something revolutionary. Stop playing tag with Intel. Make Intel catch you.
Come out with something like Sony's cell processor, I don't know. But they can't beat Intel at Intel's game. They need to make their own game. But they won't... It is a shame.