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AMD launches 'Spider' platform for multimedia users
Written by Daniel   
Monday, 19 November 2007 09:24
 AMD's new Spider platform combines Phenom quad-core processors, next-generation graphics cards and chip sets to deliver better graphics, performance, and video

By Agam Shah, IDG News Service
November 19, 2007

Advanced Micro Devices on Monday is expected to launch the "Spider" platform, which combines the company's next-generation quad-core processors, graphics cards, and chip sets in one platform to deliver better graphics, performance-per-watt and improved high-definition video. Targeted at gamers and multimedia enthusiasts, desktop PCs with the Spider platform include the quad-core Phenom processors and can hold multiple ATI graphics cards to give users the "ultimate visual experience," according to AMD.

The quad-core Phenom processor, also expected to be launched on Monday, will provide the processing power to the platform, and will be initially available in speeds of 2.2GHz and 2.3GHz. Processor speeds will crank up to 2.4GHz to 2.6GHz in the first quarter of 2008, said Leslie Sobon, director of product marketing for desktop systems at AMD. Phenom includes three shared caches to improve memory performance, an improvement from the two caches included in earlier AMD processors.

The chips, manufactured using the 65-nanometer process, have multiple power-efficiency features that set them apart from Intel's latest Penryn processors, Sobon said. A hardware and software platform allows the processor to detect the application running and adjust power consumption accordingly, she said. For example, if a user is running an e-mail application, the processor automatically adjusts to use less power. The processor also improves energy efficiency during idle time, she said.

The processors also have improved hyperthreading technology for better application performance, Sobon said.

AMD will ship the 2.2GHz Phenom 9500 and 2.3GHz 9600 processors for $251 and $283, respectively... More    Comment in the Forums
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