AMD developing eight-core Bulldozer-based CPU for 2011 release

AMD developing eight-core Bulldozer-based CPU for 2011 release

Summary: AMD's new chip architecture, dubbed Bulldozer, is being highly anticipated next year as the company prepares to match Intel's forthcoming Sandy Bridge processors. Included in AMD's plans, according to Fudzilla, is an eight-core CPU that will be aimed at the server market, but that will no doubt be of interest to performance desktop buyers as well.

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AMD's new chip architecture, dubbed Bulldozer, is being highly anticipated next year as the company prepares to match Intel's forthcoming Sandy Bridge processors. Included in AMD's plans, according to Fudzilla, is an eight-core CPU that will be aimed at the server market, but that will no doubt be of interest to performance desktop buyers as well.

The new 32nm design promises to confuse the very notion of cores, however, with AMD referring to the chip's building blocks as modules. Each module will feature a pair of 128-bit floating point units and share L1 cache and other resources -- essentially allowing a module to function as a dual-core unit while making the overall chip more efficient. AMD can place four modules on the code-named Orochi chip to provide an octa-core design -- which is a different approach than, say, Mac Pros pulling together a pair of quad-core Intel processors.

Whether you need to have eight cores in your desktop is an open question, since many apps aren't designed to make use of the processing power from multiple cores. Still, Bulldozer promises a noticeable jump in performance from today's processors; that, along with the bragging-rights appeal of owning the chip with the most possible cores among enthusiasts should help AMD shed a bit of its reputation for just offering good performance for bargain prices.

Then again, if Bulldozer arrives at the same time as the Sandy Bridge eight-core chip, then AMD will find itself in an octa-core war with Intel, which should really test how well its radical re-design can stand up to Chipzilla's latest technology.

Topics: Processors, Hardware, Networking

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  • More cores is great, but ...

    ... as you stated, most apps can't take advantage of two cores, let alone 8.

    What would be most beneficial at this point is some user manageable software that safely and reliably tells an app what core to use when it starts up ... and if the app if multi core capable, what cores.

    You can currently do that with Windows Task manager, but you need to do it every time you restart. I know that Windows does determine to some point what core is used, but it's really not that well managed.

    JMHO

    Ludo
    Ludovit
    • RE: AMD developing eight-core Bulldozer-based CPU for 2011 release

      @Ludovit
      Yeah but with hardware, its always ahead of software which is logical because how are you suppose to write software for hardware that doesn't exist?

      Software changes very quickly, hardware less so and you are not likely to change it quickly. So you should always buy a little bit more than what you need to grow into it. Its sort of like the logic with buying clothes for teenagers. Buy it slightly bigger because you know they will grow out of something that fits just right.

      This past year alone, I have seen many vendors deploying multi-core and parallel processing tools for developers so the software should change very quickly and without you knowing it.

      As for setting the core. This is not that complex. You could script something and throw it into your windows scheduler if you really wanted some kind of solution. But I'm sure someone out there already has a tool to do this. But yes I would want a smarter way of managing how the cores are used. But I suppose your OS is suppose to be smarter than you when it comes to stuff like that.
      rengek
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  • RE: AMD developing eight-core Bulldozer-based CPU for 2011 release

    Ati Radeon 6000 series evolved PART 2
    http://lensfire.blogspot.com/search/label/ati%206000%20series%20evolved
    inspirearun@...
  • RE: AMD developing eight-core Bulldozer-based CPU for 2011 release

    IT WILL BE INTEL'S SANDY BRIDGE READY TO COMPETE AMD BULL DOZER
    http://eCa.sh/9UKn
    inspirearun@...
  • RE: AMD developing eight-core Bulldozer-based CPU for 2011 release

    INTEL'S NEW SANDY BRIDGE PROCESSOR CRUSHED THE UPCOMING AMD'S BULL DOZER PROCESSOR AND ALSO EXPELLED ITS OWN NEHALEM PROCESSOR.

    GO FOR MORE
    http://lensfire.blogspot.com/search/label/tech
    inspirearun@...
  • RE: AMD developing eight-core Bulldozer-based CPU for 2011 release

    beside the competition of performance between these two companies, now the competition of releasing new cards more started it seems
    NVIDIA releases GeForce GT 420
    http://lensfire.blogspot.com/2010/09/nvidia-releases-geforce-gt-420_04.html
    "Blackcomb" is AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6000 Series Flagship
    http://lensfire.blogspot.com/2010/09/blackcomb-is-amd-mobility-radeon-hd.html
    inspirearun@...
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  • RE: AMD developing eight-core Bulldozer-based CPU for 2011 release

    INTEL SANDYBRIDGE PROCESSOR IN COMPETITION TO BULLDOZER, BENCHMARK SAYS HOW WELL IT UTILIZE ALL THE COES
    http://lensfire.blogspot.com/search/label/leaked%20news
    inspirearun@...
  • RE: AMD developing eight-core Bulldozer-based CPU for 2011 release

    Of all the OS out there, non are exactly utilize well the way multi core operate, on top of the programs. Obsess with more cores isn't going to help much. I prefer CPU makers focus on faster with lower power consumption, much cooler CPU instead.
    jeanl@...
  • RE: AMD developing eight-core Bulldozer-based CPU for 2011 release

    "INTEL'S NEW SANDY BRIDGE PROCESSOR CRUSHED THE UPCOMING AMD'S BULL DOZER PROCESSOR AND ALSO EXPELLED ITS OWN NEHALEM PROCESSOR."
    I don't think AMD is worrying about crushing Intel....I think that's Intel's job. It's like when the Nintendo WII came out..it wasn't trying to crush the PS3 or XBOX...they just let the customer base decide for themselves..and that's what AMD will do.
    fn1morbid