AMD to release Phenom II in January with a refocus away from enterprise segment

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AMD to release Phenom II in January with a refocus away from enterprise segment

Santa Clara (CA) – AMD told analysts yesterday that Phenom II X4 would be launched at CES 2009 in January. This Shanghai-based desktop product of the Deneb core, will serve as a launching platform for AMD’s new industry focus, which is on value and mainstream and markedly away from enterprise. AMD’s executives also stated that Intel’s Nehalem-based Core i7 is out of touch with the marketplace.

The Dragon platform

The Phenom II X4 will be released along with an enthusiast platform called “Dragon.” Like the server version announced yesterday, the desktop Phenom II will be a quad-core processor with 8 MB cache (6 MB shared L3, 512 KB L2 per core), support for DDR2 and DDR3 memory. Dragon will provide a range of graphics options from low-end to a “terascale graphics engine,” overdrive CPU control and a Fusion optimization tool.

AMD comments on Intel Core i7

AMD’s Bob Grim, senior manager of product marketing for AMD’s desktop group, categorized Intel’s Core i7 as being out of touch with the marketplace. He said, “Expensive motherboards, expensive memory…all expectations says that the processor will be expensive as well.” Intel’s Core i7 processors priced at $294 for 2.66 GHz, $562 for 2.93 GHz and $999 for 3.20 GHz. See Intel’s pricing page.

AMD’s Shanghai launched yesterday (slideshow) as a server chip with nine different offerings, five Opterons at 2.3 GHz to 2.7 GHz with dual-socket support, four at 2.4 GHz to 2.7 GHz with quad-socket support. Dual socket models sell from $377 to $989, with quad-socket models ranging from $1165 to $2149. See AMD’s pricing page.

AMD’s corporate profile

Yesterday morning, AMD’s stock price was sitting at $2.57/share, very close to their 18-year low which was hit on October 28, 2008 at $2.30/share. Their market capitalization is currently $1.6 billion, being down 78.74% on the year. Most analysts do believe, however, that following the spinoff of its manufacturing division, any talks of AMD bankruptcy can “now be put behind them,” according to Reuters.