AMD Coming Up With 6-Core Processors

September 23rd, 2009 at 12:00 am
 


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AMD, the second largest chip-maker is saying that they are releasing a six-core processor sometime next year. The said processor, currently codenamed as "Thuban", is based on the chip maker’s six-core Opteron chip. This chip architecture is said to be backwards compatible with the existing AM3 and AM2+ motherboards.

The said six-core processor will be based on the 45nm process technology and comes with an integrated DDR3 controller, 3MB L2 cache and 6MB L3 cache on board. Rumors say that this new AMD baby will be called the Phenom II X6. People will have to wait around 2010 for confirmation on this.

Although this news might be something worth its weight for the computing industry obsessed with power (computing power, that is), it still can be quite confusing how this new development would somehow benefit the consumers, currently considered as the biggest market to cater to for chip makers such as AMD. Even at this point, consumers are still amazed and quite satisfied with the speeds achieved by dual core and the quad core processors that are in PC’s currently out in the market.

Having a six-core processor for the next year would somehow not be too convincing enough to have at this point in time. Sure, many tech industries may require the use of such processors for their above normal computing power requirements, but this would belong to a specialized market that remains relatively small. How the additional speed that the six core processors offer will attract consumers, who feel quite satisfied with their current processors, may be a tough act to achieve.

Even program and software developers may not yet be able to catch up with the rate of developments happening on the processor sector of the industry. This might affect just how the new six-core processors might be used to its full potential.

In the case of AMD, this might be quite a risk for them as the company has been known to be losing money for many years and have not yet gone back to black. It remains to be seen just how this new development may be able to help the company in more ways than one. Let’s just hope that it turns out for the better. If not, then Intel may just be missing out on another worthy competitor and that may turn out bad.