There's been lots of chatter lately about problems AMD has had on the road to Barcelona, the quad-core processor it'll launch with great fanfare on Sept. 10. (That date ensures the story will have only a single day of prominence.) After talking to AMD, I've got some important news about Barcelona's clock speed.
The big news is that Barcelona will launch at 2.0-GHz on Sept. 10, but the clock speed will ramp up rapidly and 2.3-GHz versions will be available in the fourth quarter of this year.
Barcelona is hugely important for AMD because it will finally give the scrappy semiconductor maker a quad-core Opteron with which it can compete against Intel's quad Xeons.
The clock-speed news is especially important for AMD because it'll help the company overcome the bad rap on Barcelona that's been floating around the blogosphere since earlier this summer
I sat down last Friday with Randy Allen, vice president of AMD's server and workstation division. Randy confirmed that AMD's clock-speed plans for Barcelona are more aggressive than was heretofore expected. Here's the deal: There will be three power bands for Barcelona; that is, there will three different lines, each with a different power-dissipation figure.
The low-power line will be called HE, for Highly Efficient. It'll have a thermal design envelop of 68 W. The Standard Performance (SP) line will come in at 95 W. The third line, called SE for Special Edition, is really the higher powered 120W family. (By way of comparison, Intel's quad-core Xeons variously have TDPs of 50W, 80W, 95W, 105W, and 120W.)
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