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We just finished the main presentations at our annual AMD Financial Analyst Day here in Sunnyvale, CA and as such the latest AMD 2012 public roadmaps are now available for your viewing pleasure. The roadmaps are full of new code names which I am happy to have the opportunity to decode for you.

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As you digest some of the changes to the 2012 roadmap, please keep in mind that these changes have been driven by the following corporate goals:

  • Get products to market faster. Reduce the churn and risk associated with bringing new platforms to market by leveraging existing infrastructures
  • Build on the APU momentum. Incorporate the world’s best graphics technology into new APUs
  • Ensure our capabilities are better aligned with market trends. Capitalize on the consumer demand for ultrathins with leading-edge graphics and better battery life; help customers scale out their datacenters without breaking the bank

The following is a high-level rundown of our 2012-13 client roadmaps. For a deeper dive, please see John Taylor’s blog here.

  • For mainstream notebooks and desktops, “Trinity” is our second-generation APU which features the new “Piledriver” CPU core, enhanced graphics and up to 2X the performance-per-watt over current A-Series APUs. We also will feature a BGA version of “Trinity” designed for ultrathin notebooks.
  • For essential notebooks and desktops we have “Brazos 2.0.” “Brazos 2.0” builds on AMD’s fastest-ever ramping notebook platform and incorporates Turbocore functionality and USB 3.0.
  • Our first APU designed specifically for tablets will be “Hondo,” which is expected to be available in OEM platforms in the second half of 2012.
  • Our high-end 2012 desktop CPU will be “Vishera” which features up to 8 “Piledriver” cores and replaces “Komodo” from our previously communicated 2012 public roadmap. “Vishera” will also carry over into 2013 but with some enhancements over the 2012 version.

Looking ahead to 2013 you see two new CPU cores on the client roadmap – “Steamroller” as the follow-on to “Piledriver” and “Jaguar” as the follow-on to “Bobcat.”

  • The “Steamroller” CPU core will be in our third-generation APU codenamed “Kaveri.” “Kaveri” will also be our first Teraflop-class APU
  • The “Jaguar” CPU core will be in our low-power and ultra-low power APUs codenamed, “Kabini” and “Temash.” “Kabini” and “Temash” are AMD’s first SOC processors.

Moving on to server where you will see four new processors for 2012 – “Abu Dhabi,” “Seoul,” “Zurich,” and “Dehli.” For an in-depth look at the 2012 server roadmap, please visit John Fruehe’s blog here.

At a high level, the key things to note for server are:

  • “Zurich” and “Dehli” are for the new AMD Opteron™ 3000 Series server processors we announced back in November 2011. The AMD Opteron 3000 Series is targeted at the Web, Cloud and hosting customers who require a 1P platform that features server-class reliability combined with the cost-savings associated with a desktop-like infrastructure.
  • “Seoul” replaces “Sepang” and will drop into our existing C32 socket infrastructure.
  • “Abu Dhabi” replaces “Terramar” and will drop into our existing G34 socket infrastructure.

With the exception of “Zurich,” all of the new CPUs will be based on our next-generation CPU core codenamed “Piledriver.”

Last, but certainly not least, you’ll note the addition of the “Sea Islands” family to our graphics roadmap. As is typical with our graphics roadmap, we don’t disclose many details beyond the codename.  You will have to wait until 2013 to get the rest of the story on that one.

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