multi->many core

For a while now, privately, and publically, I have been suggesting to the good folks at AMD that they ought to build an 8 core chip, literally by gluing two quad Barcelona’s to a die and connecting them with Hypertransport. The point I have been making is that Intel is going to do something like this, really soon, and if they wish to compete, they ought to get to market first with their version. Such a chip has value across quite a few areas.

I have been told that no one is going to come out with an 8 core unit.

Really.

Intel has shown its 6 core units (or at least slide-ware), to Sun. Their next gen is 8 core.

Well, whether or not AMD listens to me (I suspect they won’t), 6 and 8 core units are coming.

UPDATE:
Just not from AMD it seems. See below, AMD did announce it. I missed it. My bad, not AMDs.

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3 thoughts on “multi->many core

  1. @anon

    I stand corrected. Thank you for the link.

    Any news on this? Was announced (apparently) in July 2007. I see Justin’s presentation on the roadmap, but it is somewhat dated. Using your google suggestion, I looked up the roadmap, and I am just getting snippets.

    In 2009, AMD plans to unveil “Montreal”, an octo-core server chip for servers, along with a new system platform called “Piranha.” This platform will support either quad- or octo-core chips, offer a new AMD chip set and support the company’s HyperTransport 3.0 technology???a high-speed chip-to-chip interconnect. The platform will also support DDR3 (double data rate 3) memory.

    Chalk this up to me not seeing all this information. Sorry AMD, I missed this.

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