Feeds

AMD preps Hammer chipsets

Big bandwith 8000 series

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

AMD does not usually go big on designing its own chipsets: its making a big exception with Hammer, its so-called eighth generation 64-bit server CPU , with the 8000 series.

A fat CPU of course needs big bandwithd chipsets to maximise performance. AMD is trying to ensure no nasty bottlenecks with a liberal sprinkling of HyperTransport technology in its new chipset family.

This will include "the AMD-8111 HyperTransport I/O hub, the AMD-8131 HyperTransport PCI-X tunnel, and the AMD-8151(tm) HyperTransport AGP3.0 graphics tunnel".

An evolutionary CPU needs evolutionary chipset building blocks (evolutionary is AMD code for backwardly compatible with x.86/ in contrast to Intel's Itanium). Combine the two and you get a "massive improvement in overall performance".

For now we'll have to take AMD's word for this - as the chipsets will ship to OEMs in Q4, a little tight, maybe, for Hammer's anticipated debut at the back end of this year. But the timing of the announcement will take a little edge from Intel's expected announcement of two server chipsets at Intel Developer Forum next week. ®

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.