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Steamroller core

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In a presentation slide for investors, AMD revealed their latest AMD Opteron roadmap which confirms the launch of their Steamroller core architecture in 2013. Previously, it was expected that the Steamroller core would not be arriving to the Opteron server scape since AMD had plans to launch an enhanced version of the Piledriver core “Abu Dhabi” for server usage.

AMD Steamroller Core Architecture Arrives in 2013

As for the slide itself, in 2013 AMD would present their 28nm Steamroller core architecture which is also their third generation modular core that brings greater parallelism and improved functionality for server class processors, consumer CPUs and also AMD APUs. In AMD’s 2013 Client roadmap, it was revealed that AMD would launch their Kaveri APUs with the new steamroller core architecture and Radeon HD 8000 (GCN based iGPs). It isn’t mentioned in the current slides that if AMD would officially announce their next generation of Opteron 6300/4300 server processors this year but it could rather be a presentation of the upcoming processors that would later on be launched in 2014.

The follow-on to “Richland” will be the 28nm APU codenamed “Kaveri” with revolutionary heterogeneous system architecture (HSA) features which is expected to begin shipping to customers in the second half of 2013. AM
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AMD 2013 Client Roadmap

As for the high-end desktop processors, last AMD released their FX-Vishera CPUs in Q4 2012 and things have been silent since then. There were rumors about AMD releasing a piledriver CPU refresh sometime this year however nothing official has been revealed yet. A FX-CPU lineup based on the steamroller core architecture sounds possibl but not until Q4 2013 or 2014. Nevertheless, the AMD Steamroller core architecture is something to look forward to as it brings a handful of improvements over Bulldozer/Piledriver architectures  Xbitlabs has summed up a detailed summary of the Hot Chips 2012 conference presentation for AMD’s steamroller core architecture which can be seen here.

AMD Steamroller core architecture