As (almost) always, AMD was around IDF offering briefings to all who wanted them on AMD's products.

Unfortunately there wasn't much to talk to AMD about, mostly because they feel that their current architecture is more than competitive with anything Intel will release next year. In fact, AMD feels so strongly about their technology that with the exception of some minor updates as well as the migration to DDR2, the Athlon 64 micro-architecture will remain unchanged throughout 2006. AMD wasn't ready to talk about when the K8 architecture would get a refresh, but it won't be anytime soon that's for sure.

AMD was showcasing a dual core Turion 64 CPU, to be officially announced sometime in the first half of next year. The CPU will be a 90nm part, with no word on when the transition to 65nm will take place.

The dual core Turion 64 in action

The dual core Turion 64 part will be a Socket S1 part, featuring fewer than 754 pins, DDR2 and a lower profile than their Socket-754 Turion parts.

Other than that, there wasn't much else to report on from AMD at the show.

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  • Questar - Wednesday, August 24, 2005 - link

    The 5-10 year part is speculation of Anand. Intel never said it would take that long. I'll bet two years. It doesn't take 5 years to write a compiler or add a chip feature.
  • Anand Lal Shimpi - Wednesday, August 24, 2005 - link

    The Intel rep that did the demo was the one that provided the 5 - 10 year estimate. This research is in its very early stages, but the promising first results means it will probably get more support.

    Take care,
  • drpepper128 - Wednesday, August 24, 2005 - link

    Is it just me or are we missing something here?
    To me it seems that the real power of Mitosis is that companies would not have to worry about writing code that is mult-threaded. Instead they can have single-threaded code and use the compiler to multi-thread it. This is where the real power of multi-core processors could come from. Some day when we have 100 core processors we will need something like a compiler to figure things out for us; otherwise a company's costs would skyrocket. Think somewhere along the lines of graphics cards.
  • JarredWalton - Wednesday, August 24, 2005 - link

    I was thinking if they could get Mitosis into the chips (rather than required compiler support) then it would benefit practically *any* application. The only time it wouldn't help performance would be when your CPU was either fully loaded on every core, or perhaps if the multiple threads start using up resources that could be better used on stuff other than speculative execution.

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