AMD had an analyst investor day recently and there they revealed their roadmap for the year 2011. They are planning to introduce two new processor cores, which are codenamed Bulldozer and Bobcat.
The plan is to make Bulldozer the powerhouse that will power mainstream devices like servers and desktops and to make Bobcat the mainstay for the ultra-thin segment. Bobcat will also be aimed squarely at the netbook market, making it the Atom-competitor of the future.
Bobcat is being touted as being able to achieve amazing feats of power efficiency. They are saying that this new core will be able to achieve 90% of today’s power at just half the entire silicone area. That means they will be able to run the chips at less than one watt of power, which is extremely impressive. If they can actually make this happen, we will be seeing futuristic netbooks in 2011 that have incredibly long battery lives or have really slim profiles.
Prior to launching into the Bobcat initiative, AMD plans to introduce the Nile platform for the ultrathin segment. The Nile platform will support the dual-core Geneva CPU and it will have a DirectX 10.1 IGP or discreet graphics. AMD makes another attractive claim for this platform, saying that it will have a battery life of seven hours. It will also support DDR3 memory, which will definitely become a standard by the time Nile goes mainstream.
AMD then goes on to talk about the Brazos platform that will coincide with the Bulldozer/Bobcat time frame. It will be part of the Bobcat family of processors and will support the Ontario APU, DirectX 11 and DDR3 memory.
Over all, AMD’s promises are all very attractive and they certainly are headed in the right directions. But these are promises that might be hard to keep, so we will have to wait and watch how this unfolds.