AMD's Bulldozer APUs are set to be AMD's first to feature dual-thread processing per physical core.
The Internet is currently buzzing with a number of intriguing stories about AMD’s future processor line up. Xbit Labs
, for instance, says that some of its industry sources have leaked the specific launch dates for AMD’s forthcoming APUs, codenamed Llano and Bulldozer.
According to the site's sources, AMD will start shipping its brand new high-end desktop Bulldozer APUs on the week commencing 20 June 2011. These are likely to be top-end parts with the familiar FX brand name, and they'll be looking to compete with Intel’s LGA1366 processors.
According to the website's sources, the Bulldozer APUs will come in eight-core, six-core and quad-core variants, which will be released with the FX8000, FX6000 and FX4000 model names respectively.
There is less information about the mid-range and mobile-targeted Llano parts, but Xbit's sources say that AMD will ship these in the week commencing 4 July. This could enable the more modestly priced APUs to cash in on some of the good press that AMD hopes to have generated with the Bulldozer launch.
Meanwhile, Turkish tech site Donanim haber
is running with a purportedly leaked Power Point slide detailing what looks like AMD’s mobile CPU line-up for the next two years, spanning everything from sub-12in portables to performance machines.
The slide details three flavours of Llano chips for 2011, coming in two-core, three-core and quad-core variants. According to the slide, all the CPUs will support 1,600MHz DDR3 memory, and will also feature integrated DirectX 11 GPUs.
Could an eight-core AMD FX chip compete with Intel's LGA1366 CPUs, or has Fusion turned up too late to the party? Let us know your theories in the forums