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Tuesday, 28 June 2011 10:57

AMD plans aggressive transition to A-series FM1 parts

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Socket AM3 processors to be phased out by 2012
AMD is planning to aggressively transition to the new FM1 socket and Llano APUs in the second half of the year.

According to a leaked slide on VR Zone, courtesy of our old friend Lars G. Nilsson, the share of AM3 socket Athlon II and Phenom II processors in AMD’s total shipments will be halved in Q3. The trend will continue in Q4, with A-Series APUs taking over, and the good old AM3 Athlon II will be no more by the first quarter of 2012.

FX Series processors on the AM3+ platform will replace Phenom II AM3 processors as early as Q3. Interestingly the share of processors in Q1 2012 will be somewhat higher than the share of Phenom II parts in Q1 2011. As for E-series BGA packaged processors, their share has already increased at the expense of Athlon II parts and it will continue to grow until Q4 2011, when it is set to stabilize. Towards the end of the year AMD will start phasing out the first E-series Brazos parts, introduced in December 2010.

So, by Q1 2012 AMD will phase out AM3 processors completely and it will rely on three platforms and sockets: FX-, A- and E-series. This is AMD’s holy trinity for 2012.

You can check out the plans here.


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+39 #1 darkpulse 2011-06-28 11:22
That's what we all hope. Aggressive competition and pricing FTW 8)
+34 #2 Super XP 2011-06-28 11:23
Wonderful, bring on Bulldozer and let's spark some strong healthy competition. Can't wait to build a platform based on the FX beast...
+32 #3 nele 2011-06-28 11:25
Quoting darkpulse:
That's what we all hope. Aggressive competition and pricing FTW 8)

Bulldozer is the big question mark.

Brazos took care of Atom, apart from niche markets (i.e. 3W TDP parts), Llano offers good value in the mainstream and entry level, but I'm not sure AMD will be able to compete in the high end. Still, they're much better off than just a couple of years ago.
+24 #4 Bl0bb3r 2011-06-28 13:58
In the high end, probably not when Ivy comes, depending on how high the high end needs to be.

What is interesting is the fact that people, now, have a lot more news and reviews at hand as they had in the past, so they won't have to base their purchase decisions based on the top parts, which got always reviewed first sometimes nothing followed.

It was strange to see all those i7 Nehalem benchmarks that flattened Phenoms left and right to sway most people to go for intel, even if all they got were i5's or lower, which weren't so great.

Let's hope we will see proper reviews which take price into account, and not just Hz or top of the line. No one benefits from that.
+15 #5 Boomstick777 2011-06-28 17:05
Wish they would hurry up and release Bulldozer!
+4 #6 pogsnet 2011-06-28 20:59
Looks like this will phase out ION plaforms too.

What will be left for Nvidia is mainstream and enthusiast level which is not as profitable as entry level, or not even mainstream if Fusion is there.

Its like Ferrari and Toyota, Ferrari maybe faster but Toyota is more cheaper, fuel efficient and practical more ppl look for that so they get more money than Ferrari.
+1 #7 Super XP 2011-06-29 00:19
Llano is based on the Stars Cores, something which AMD has had for years now. Once the Bulldozer Architecture comes alive it should be fierce competition. Remember if my memory serves me well, Bulldozer’s been designed for Intel’s next gen and some. Nehalem and Sandy Bridge has nothing to do with Bulldozer in terms of performance and price competition. It’s Ivy that’s going to have a tough time keeping up IMO...

As for NVIDIA, we hope they stick to what they are good at, Discrete Super Charged Graphics for gaming and enterprise though they will have a very hard time competing with CPU/GPU processors in one. What I suggest NVIDIA do is gobble up VIA or something which has a CPU design along with many patents...

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