AMD analyst day slides reveal shape of things to come@ 2005/06/10
We'd like to say we got invited to this event, but the endless slides can be found on a well Googled up site, here. Life is sometimes banal, you know.
As we've suggested here before, its roadmap extends well into 2007 with multiscore scale up to 32P level, IO virtualisation, TCP offload and the rest.
2007, it appears, will bring a new core, DDR3, PCIe generation II. But wait. Next year comes before that and as well as the much flagged Pacifica and Presidio, it appears we're gonna have Aero Glass graphics too. And a Trusted Computing Module, or TPM as the lingo goes these days.
Like the little Intel ape it is, Chimpzilla is beating its chest about irreversible progress in the market based on "solid fundamentals". This phrase makes us queasy in a way. Fundamentals and solid do go together in productivity terms, but we think we're talking intestines here.
AMD appears to be estimating that by 2007 the DDR3 ready core will be WiMAX ready, and hover about less than 35 watts TDP, with larger and shared caches for the multicore stuff.
Notebooks will have more than six hours of battery life. Not bad. Not quite a whole day of work, but not bad.
Hector Ruiz reckons the world only needs a single instruction set. To us, this reeks of Maoist philosophy but you know it's not the semiconductor companies that need persuading of this, it's the pesky Microsoft the Vole.
And when Hector starts uttering phrases such as sustainable profitability, we fear the next thing we will see is Nikola Tesla wind turbines on every PC, collecting energy from the aether.
AMD's purpose, reckons Hector, is to "re-invent the competitive dynamics of the microprocessor industry".
Thinking about this, he's quite right. We need the Via Centaur combo. Let's hope we never get to the day when they start talking sustainability, going forwards. These are only microprocessors for crying out loud. µ