Rumor: Low-Power Phenom Around The Corner

Rumor: Low-Power Phenom Around The Corner

As with all rumors, take this story with a grain of salt until we can bring you confirmation or denial directly from AMD.

Being seen in green is the way to earn green, and get out of the black, at least that's the thinking in today's tech industry.  As as result we're hearing rumors that AMD is already prepping a series of low-power Phenoms, both quad- and dual-core.

“The low-power Phenom 9100e is scheduled for release in February or March this year and will come with a core frequency of 1.8GHz, DDR2 1066 memory controller and TDP of 65W. At the beginning of the second quarter, AMD will phase out the 9100e and launch the 9150e, according to sources at motherboard makers, which offers the same specifications. The differences between the 9100e and 9150e are unclear at this time although most likely is that 9150e is based on the B3 stepping revision.

In addition to the 9100e and 9150e, the company will also launch three dual-core low-power CPUs: Athlon 4850e (2.5GHz, 1MB L2 cache and DDR2 800), Athlon 4450e (2.3GHz, 1MB L2 cache and DDR2 800) and Athlon 4050e (2.1GHz, 1MB L2 cache and DDR 800).”


While 1.8 Ghz doesn't exactly compete with the latest CPUs from Intel, it's certainly not a slouch either.  These new CPUs could find their way into a number of server farms if the energy savings are sufficient.
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 I'm curious on the performance and actual power draw on these suckers. As all informed computer indviduals know, intel and AMD both rate power draw differently. So you really can't compare the specified TDP between the two without actual testing. Phenom takes a large amount of power, as well as gives off lots of heat. It's mostly due to the Architecture of the native quad design on a 65nm SOI process (Hitting the limits with SOI, they need High K gates bad). I'm curious how they ended up lowering the power draw, and looking forward to benchmarks regarding the dfferences between the prior phenoms and these new energy efficient models. Hopefully AMD will be able to pull SOMETHING off, their CPU department in terms of promises and delivery has been horrid for the past 12-18 months.

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 It might be the long awaited roll out of the 45nm process AMD chips.  They need to get core speeds up, and work out their yield problems by using a more controlled environment than the hit and miss build it in an uncontrolled environement.  Then stuff a butt load of cache on it.  Even if they back up and do a cheese burger Quad do some thing.  I'm getting tired of setting on a Phenom capable board, and the Phenoms being Phelops.

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 I understand you man =P. AMD is in a pretty bad situation, But I don't expect 45nm AMD cpu's till 1H 2009, if more delays, 2H 2009. It isn't easy a easy process...Intel ramped their 45nm process for 6 months before they sold anything. Also, besides ramping their 45nm process...AMD also needs to convert fab 36 into a 45nm production facility from it's current 65nm. 

It could be doable, but they have to be on time and already starting up the process right now for a 2H 2008 release like they stated, but I believe 1H 2009 is much more realisitic.

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 i wonder if they will be at low enough cost to allow any body to get one

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