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AMD tips Pacifica, Presidio processors for '06

Posted: 17 Nov 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) disclosed late last week its new microprocessor roadmap, including the introduction of the Pacifica and Presidio processors for the 2006 time frame.

AMD's Pacifica and Presidio technologies reportedly will be multi-core designs, built around the company's x86-based, 64bit processor architecture.

During an analyst meeting at AMD, which was broadcasted over the Internet, CTO Fred Weber indicated that the two multi-core technologies would feature mainframe-level performance, visualization and securityall for the mainstream computing market.

Weber did not disclose the details of Pacifica and Presidio. The technologies are expected to follow the company's initial dual-core design, which is said to be launched in 2005.

During the Microprocessor Forum in October, AMD disclosed some of the first details of its dual-core microprocessor design. Set to be rolled out in 2005, the company's dual-core processor is a 205-million transistor chip, based on a 90nm process and silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology. The 940-socket compatible chip is said to have a 95W power envelope.

- Mark LaPedus

Silicon Strategies

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