By 27 August 2010 | Categories: news


As we reported earlier this week, AMD has revealed its two next-generation x86 processor core implementations. These include the high performance, multi-threaded power of the Bulldozer and the sub one-watt low-power design of the Bobcat.

The new cores were designed from the ground up to address specific user needs. The Bulldozer is to be implemented in high-performance PCs and servers while the Bobcat will see service in notebooks and small form-factor desktops.

The x86 architecture is continuously being upgraded by AMD and lies at the centre of the company’s core design offerings.

Taking a closer look at the two new cores we see the Bulldozer featuring advanced power management features, new x86 instruction support and an approach that balances dedicated and shared computing power, to provide a high core count design which is easily replicated. It is manufactured using advanced 32 nanometre (nm) technology.

The Bobcat on the other hand is designed to be as compact as possible and is capable of low-power sub-one-watt operations. It features a core power gating and micro-architecture that is optimised for low power processing, also sporting a ‘highly synthesizable design’, that can move easily across different manufacturing technologies.

“In my opinion, Bulldozer and Bobcat are not only two of the greatest technical achievements in AMD’s rich history, but two of the most important for the industry as well,” said Chekib Akrout, senior vice president and general manager, AMD Technology Development.

“With CPUs and APUs built from these core implementations, we expect our customers to deliver a new wave of innovative PC form factors and high-performance computing experiences.”

It’s good to see AMD pumping out innovative new technologies, and it especially says something in the company’s favour to see them attacking both the high performance and compact design markets at the same time, a move desperately needed to catch up with Intel.


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