Processor power to the people

Advanced Micro Devices is delivering more power and performance to desktop computers.

The chip manufacturer yesterday unveiled the AMD Phenom triple-core processors that integrate three computational cores on a single microchip. The processors are expected to bring the visual experience, performance and multitasking capabilities of multicore technology to a broader audience.

AMD Phenom processors are a response to demand for increased performance by multicore processors when running state-of-the art applications, company officials said.

Quad-core processors represented less than 2 percent of desktop shipments in second-quarter 2007, according to Mercury Research. AMD officials say this suggests a need for a wider selection of multicore solutions. Triple-core AMD processors could stimulate broader multicore adoption, offering users more entry points into the technology, they said.

'We see potential for power and performance improvements through triple-core processing in the industry and are exploring with AMD the possibility of taking advantage of this in the Microsoft family of products,' said Bill Mitchell, corporate vice president of the Windows Hardware Ecosystem at Microsoft.

The triple-core processors will be available in first-quarter 2008. AMD Phenom quad-core processors remain on schedule to ship this year, company officials said.

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Rutrell Yasin is is a freelance technology writer for GCN.

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