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AMD Speaks out on Phenom CPU Delays; Blames Global Warming - AMD Speaks out on Phenom CPU Delays; Blames Global Warming
Fri, January 11 2008 | 4:25PM | PermaLink Feedback?

This afternoon PCSTATS received word from AMD regarding the flurry stories covering the delays surrounding the AMD Phenom processor. AMD rep Jake Whitman sent in the four points below to clarify his companies position on the issue. The one interesting distinction we noticed right away was AMDs positioning of its products as "true quad-core". There's an argument to be made about four cores independent of another on one core, and four cores integrated together on one core... that we're just going to side step and ask - do consumers really care? In our books, it's the performance vs. cost that matters. Whether a CPU has four native cores, or 200 native cores doesn't really matter from a users' perspective.

Here is what AMD has to say about the current state of Phenom processors:

  • AMD launched its highest-volume versions of AMD Phenom quad-core processors in mid-November (models 9500 and 9600), and we shipped hundreds of thousands in Q4 2007. OEMs demonstrated production AMD Phenom processor-based desktops during 2008 International CES this week
  • For the enthusiast market, AMD then launched a performance tunable “Black Edition” of the 9600 model in December 2007 to address the enthusiast market. This was an additional quad-core product added to our Q4 roadmap and is now available on major e-tailer sites.
  • AMD will now introduce the AMD Phenom 9700 and 9900 models in Q2 2008. This decision was based on OEM input on how AMD should prioritize its next two waves of AMD Phenom processor models. Based on these customer inputs, AMD will continue to prioritize volume-based Phenom products, including the AMD Phenom triple-core processor introduction for consumer and commercial markets this quarter, and now a new energy–efficient 65W AMD Phenom 9000e series processor in this quarter (instead of Q2). AMD Phenom 9700 and 9900 models will immediately follow next quarter.
  • Our OEM customers are placing more priority on our energy-efficient and triple-core processors, where the volumes and ability to differentiate products take precedence over the more prestigious, but much lower volume, higher performance quad-core products.
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