New roadmap, new socket, new CPUs.
We all knew something was going to happen in the wake of AMD’s CEO stepping down. If DailyTech is correct, then the company’s latest roadmaps detail just what: 8- and 12-core processors on a new socket offering DDR3 support. Say hello to socket G34.
According to AMD insiders, the octo-core CPU, codenamed Sau Paulo, is a “twin native quad-core Shanghai” design. That is to say, two Phenom processors in a single die package. AMD’s twelve-core chip has now apparently been named Magny-Cours, both as a nod to the French Grand Prix destination, and a not-too-subtle pun (many-cores, in case you’re French pronunciation isn’t up to scratch).
Not much hard information is available other than a leaked diagram detailing the socket, which packs an impressive 1,974 pins – some 767 more than the current design. That’s hardly surprising as each of the new CPUs will apparently boast 12MB of L3 cache and four HyperTransport 3 interconnects and enough lanes for quad-channel DDR3.
It’s an interesting co-incidence that that just as Intel moves to adopt an integrated memory controller design, AMD may be about to adopt Intel’s two-CPUs-one-die strategy. Developers should apparently get their hands on preview hardware in early 2009, so we’ll probably be waiting until nearer then before AMD dishes out any more information.