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AMD puts the brakes on adding more cores to server chips

Agam Shah | Feb. 3, 2012
Advanced Micro Devices has put the brakes on adding more cores to its server chips, stopping at 16, the company said Thursday during a financial analyst day.

Also due this year are chips code-named Brazos 2.0, the follow up to existing C-Series and E-Series chips found in low-power laptops today. Laptops with Brazos 2.0 chips will deliver roughly the same amount of battery life, but have better graphics and application performance.

AMD also ripped up its old road map and introduced a tablet and laptop processor lineup for next year. A new chip for performance PCs code-named Kaveri will be based on the new Steamroller core. Chips code-named Temash for tablets and Kabini for low-power laptops will improve performance while driving down power consumption.

AMD also outlined a new chip design plan called HSA (heterogeneous systems architecture) in which the company will gradually blur the lines between the CPU and GPU and implement third-party intellectual property inside the chip. The chip code-named Kabini will include some elements of HSA, according to AMD's product road map.

 

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