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November 11, 2009

AMD has an Ambitous Roadmap for 2010 and 2011

AMD laid out an ambitious roadmap for 2010 and 2011, involving its much-hyped Fusion products as well as a slew of new processor technologies.

* Fusion is the combination of a GPU and CPU on one die. The graphics processor is now referred to as an Accelerated Processing Unit (APU). AMD expects to make the first silicon next year and ship by 2011.
* AMD will have new APUs every year
* The first product from AMD will be the "Maranello" server platform in the first half of 2010. It will consist of the new "Magny-Cours" Opteron 6100 processor, which will be a 12-core processor, and a new chipset.
* For low-end solutions, there will be "San Marino," which consists of a four- and six-core "Lisbon" Opteron 4100 processor with a new chipset and single- or dual-socket designs. These will be for low-end servers, some running at just six watts.



* In 2011 comes "Bulldozer," an entirely new processor core for AMD. These will be 32nm processors using high-k metal gate technology, which runs much cooler than existing technologies. On the high end, they will be the Opteron 6200 line, codenamed "Interlagos," with 12 or 16 cores. The 4200 series will have six or eight cores.
* There will also be a low-end "Bulldozer" line, called "Bobcat." It will be used in ultrathin and netbook form factors and is designed to be extremely small, highly flexible and single-threaded. It will run on as little as one watt of power.
*There will be two new desktop platforms in the first half of 2010, "Leo" and "Dorado." Leo will introduce the six-core Athlon, likely the "Thuban," although AMD did not say it by name, while Dorado is a dual-, triple- and quad-core line with integrated graphics.
* AMD is raising its performance claims for the notebook market. It launched "Puma," AMD's answer to Intel's popular Centrino mobile platform last year. Puma launched with four hours of battery life under regular use. When "Tigris" came out earlier this year, it was raised to five hours.
*In 2011, the first Fusion notebooks hit. "Sabine" is the mainstream notebook platform with a quad-core CPU and the "Llano" APU. "Brazos" is AMD's ultra-thin notebook platform slated for 2011 using a dual-core Bobcat processor.
* On the GPU side, AMD will launch three new graphics cards codenamed "Cedar," "Hemlock," and "Redwood" in the first half of 2010, offering high definition, high performance graphics for both desktops and notebooks.


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