AMD's Steamroller rumbles into view

Posted by a staff writer

AMD has released a presentation in which it hinted that Steamroller might come out nearly a year early.

The presentation, meant to be seen by investors, puts the launch of the new Steamroller micro-architecture as taking place this year instead of next year.

AMD did not unveil which chips will feature Steamroller high-performance x86 cores this year, but it should have been rolled out to server-class Opteron chips first.

In a slide with the catchy title "AMD Opteron Technology: Delivering multiple generations of greater functionality and improved performance", it was revealed Steamroller will be released in 2013. Previously it has said that Opteron Abu Dhabi powered by Piledriver high-performance x86 cores will be its focus for 2013 and 2014. It also claimed that the next-generation of Opteron processors would appear in the second half of 2014.

According to X-Bit labs it appears that AMD has pushed forward its Opteron plans.

If this is the case it means that there will be compatibility with current sockets or means that AMD intends to unveil a new platform for server microprocessors with support for PCI Express 3.0 and improved functionality.

If AMD has not pushed forward its Opteron plans then it means that it has abandoned plans to put Steamroller under the bottom of Opterons first.