So a third generation of K10?!?! Argh... I want to to see Bulldozer! Haven't they figured out that K10 isn't that scalable?? Perhaps more of those "IPC improvements" will make it a better architecture....
AMD may not have a shipping product in the emerging MID/netbook market, but the company is taking pains to talk up its own notebook platforms and strategies. Earlier this month, AMD took time to highlight the new capabilities and technologies within its new Puma platform. Now, it's on to Shrike, the next-generation of AMD mobile technology, set to debut in 2009. Shrike will be the first AMD "Fusion" product, and will incorporate the CPU, memory controller, and GPU into a single die. PCIe support is also included, to allow for the use of discrete graphics cards. This may not be of immediate importance, given that Shrike is a laptop platform, but could prove extremely attractive to OEM's building desktops around the new Fusion processors.
As you can see from the diagram below, AMD intends to build the first Fusion products around dual-core processors. Originally, the CPU side of the equation was to be handled by the new AMD Bulldozer core, but that initiative has since been scrapped. Instead, AMD will use what it refers to as a "third-generation Stars processor." K10/Phenom was a first-generation Stars chip, 45nm Shanghai is presumably the second, but it seems likely that this unknown third-generation part will be a dual-core Shanghai flavor, probably with additional power management features. Despite being labeled third generation, this will likely remain a 45nm partâ€”AMD has yet to publicize very many details of its 32nm transition, but the company isn't expected to move to 32nm until 2010 at the earliest.
We saw other signs that AMD may be developing a netbook/MID processor last week, but the two initiatives are almost certainly unrelated. The hypothetical processor we discussed then is a 1GHz, single-core Athlon 64-derived CPU with just 256K of L2, a 64-bit DDR2 controller, and a 16-bit/800MHz HyperTransport link. The as-yet-unnamed CPU at the heart of Shrike appears to be significantly more powerful, and, at the very least, is dual-cored. Details on Shrike are still sketchyâ€”we know almost nothing about the integrated GPUâ€”but with at least a year to go, AMD should have plenty of time to ensure its war bird launches in fighting form.