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AMD Quad Core Altair On Socket AM2+

AMD’s first quad-core K8L desktop processor, the Altair, originally set to utilize the Socket AM3 connector, will be resident in Socket AM2+. Socket AM2+ adopts HyperTransport 3.0. Socket AM3 CPUs can only be compatible with Socket AM2- and Socket AM3-based motherboards, but Socket AM3-based motherboards cannot support any previous-generation processors. AMD has decided to postpone the adoption of DDR3 until the middle of 2008, when its first Socket AM3 processor manufactured on 45nm process technology will be announced. Shipments of AMD’s Socket AM2+ CPUs, which will appear in the third quarter of next year, are expected to account for 15% of the chip vendor’s desktop processors by the end of 2007. According to HKEPC, Altair would be clocked somewhere between 2.7-2.9GHz at 125W TDP, with 512KB L2 Cache for each core such that 2MB L2 Cache in total, and shared 2M L3 Cache.

AMD’s first quad-core K8L desktop processor, the Altair, originally set to utilize the Socket AM3 connector, will be resident in Socket AM2+. Socket AM2+ adopts HyperTransport 3.0. Socket AM3 CPUs can only be compatible with Socket AM2- and Socket AM3-based motherboards, but Socket AM3-based motherboards cannot support any previous-generation processors. AMD has decided to postpone the adoption of DDR3 until the middle of 2008, when its first Socket AM3 processor manufactured on 45nm process technology will be announced. Shipments of AMD’s Socket AM2+ CPUs, which will appear in the third quarter of next year, are expected to account for 15% of the chip vendor’s desktop processors by the end of 2007. According to HKEPC, Altair would be clocked somewhere between 2.7-2.9GHz at 125W TDP, with 512KB L2 Cache for each core such that 2MB L2 Cache in total, and shared 2M L3 Cache.

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