AMD’s latest Desktop platform roadmap has tipped up on the internet, thanks to Inpai. Next on the roadmap is the Leo platform, as expected, headlined by the “Thuban” CPUs – which will be native a 6-core version of the current Phenom II X4 line, based on the Istanbul server CPU. Along with the Thuban CPUs, the RD890 chipset will release, presumably as AMD 890FX, tied to the SB850 southbridge. Graphics will be powered by ATI’s HD 5000 DX11 series.

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AMD’s latest Desktop platform roadmap has tipped up on the internet,
thanks to Inpai. Next on the roadmap is the Leo platform, as expected,
headlined by the “Thuban” CPUs – which will be native a 6-core version
of the current Phenom II X4 line, based on the Istanbul server CPU.
Along with the Thuban CPUs, the RD890 chipset will release, presumably
as AMD 890FX, tied to the SB850 southbridge. Graphics will be powered by
ATI’s HD 5000 DX11 series.

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On the Mainstream side of things – we will have the same Athlon II CPUs, with newer, faster models – with a new IGP motherboard – the RS880P. Unfortunately, rumours suggest the RS880P graphics core is based on the Radeon HD 4000 series and thus features only last-gen performance and DX10.1, rather than the DX11 we would have preferred. This platform will be called the “Dorado” platform. The 800 series chipsets seem to support only DDR3 RAM.

Moving in to 2011, we will finally see the next-gen architecture, Bulldozer, and the move to 32nm. The enthusiast platform is “Scorpius”, based around the Zambezi CPU. We can expect Zambezi CPUs to be between 4 and 8 cores. Interestingly, the socket is mentioned as “AM3r2″. If AMD can get it’s next-gen CPUs working on AMD sockets with a BIOS upgrade, that will be a bonus, though unlikely, considering Bulldozer is considered to be the biggest revolution since K8. On the graphics side, we will have ATI’s next-gen, which will release by the end of 2010.

On the mainstream front, the Lynx platform finally sees the release of the long-anticipated and much delayed Fusion. The CPU to be launched first is of course the Llano APU. APU being a processor which combines a CPU and a GPU on a single piece of silicon. Not much is known about Llano at this point.

The time frames are very open, but hopefully we can expect first Half releases. Curiously, AMD are completely bypassing a 32nm shrink for the K10.5 CPUs. There is no doubt AMD will have a hard time through the end of 2009, all the way through 2010, restricted to the affordable segments. In the sub-$100 segment, though, the Pisces and Dorado platforms offer quad core CPUs for the price of Intel’s dual cores. We will see how the Athlon II CPUs perform against the crippled dual core Intel Clarkdales, when they release in early 2010.

Reference: http://en.inpai.com.cn/doc/enshowcont.asp?id=7135