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AMD's 2006 roadmap - details emerge

More codenames, more DDR 2 support suggestions

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Roadmap AMD's public roadmap stretched only so far as the end of 2005, but an image that surfaced on the web this weekend may reveal the chip maker's plans for 2006.

If genuine, the roadmap shows the arrival of 'Windsor' and 'Orleans', dual-core processors that bring DDR 2 SDRAM support to the memory controller integrated into AMD's 64-bit processors.

The chips also incorporate enhanced security technologies and AMD's answer to Intel's 'Vanderpool' virtualisation system, 'Presidio'. Windsor apparently uses a new interface codenamed 'M2'.

Other sites point to 'Taylor', a dual-core mobile part with DDR 2 support, presumably the successor to today's single-core Mobile Athlon 64 chips for thin'n'light laptops. 'Trinidad', meanwhile, is geared toward desktop replacement notebooks, so presumably it's essentially the same as the upcoming Athlon 64 desktop dualies. Indeed, it's said to be M2-based, too.

Officially, H1 2005 will see the arrival of updated 90nm single-core desktop Athlon 64s and 64-FXs - 'Venice' and 'San Diego', respectively - and a new 90nm Sempron desktop core, 'Palermo'.

On the mobile side, AMD has said it will release 'Lancaster' and 'Newark', new 90nm low-voltage and mainstream, respectively, Mobile Athlon 64 chips in the first half of the year.

In H2, expect to see 90nm dual-core Opterons, and 90nm Mobile Sempron cores. ®

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