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News: AMD to release triple-core Phenom

Category: CPU's
Posted: 01:15PM

BetaNews -

In a move that was successfully kept secret, for the most part, until late last week when the first rumor whispers were widely repeated, AMD is making an unprecedented, near-term adjustment to its technology roadmap. As soon as the first half of next year, the company now plans to introduce into the desktop CPU market a new line of Phenom triple-core processors, whose architecture was christened with the code-name Toliman just hours ago. The product is so new that no diagrams or test results exist for it yet, but as BetaNews was told, think of the company's "true quad-core architecture" for Phenom, and simply X out one of those cores.

Like the quad-cores, the Triple-Core Phenom will feature support for DDR2 memory, a shared 2 MB of L3 cache (which is important - the shared cache size is not reduced) and 512 KB of L2 cache per core. But unlike the company's last single-core processors which are also due out in December (the last of AMD's CITIES core design), its new triple-cores will support Socket AM2+.

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