AMD's Istanbul Features 6 Cores

Aron Schatz
February 25, 2009

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AMD's brand new Istanbul processor will be pin compatible and thermally compatible with the current line of Shanghai CPUs. AMD says once they are released (2H, 2009), adoption should be quick. Here's hoping that the chips will take some thunder away from the Core i7.


Despite putting more cores in the processor, we managed to keep it in the same power and thermal ranges as our existing "Shanghai" processors. And since it fits into the same socket, our OEM customers should be able to bring products to the market quickly. End users will be able to quickly qualify and deploy these servers because the overall platform is the same as what they are using. In today's challenging economic times, that's music to the ears of IT departments both near, and as far away as Turkey. So what did we show? We showed a platform being easily upgraded from Shanghai to Istanbul, some amazing memory throughput courtesy of the new HT Assist feature, and a 4-socket server with all 24 cores being stressed by one of our development programs.



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