AMD’s six-core Istanbul die-shot surfaces
Starting this summer, AMD will move its lineup to the SOI 45nm process. The first cores will be Deneb, which is a direct shrink of Agena and should arrive in the second half. At the same time, Barcelona, the server equivalent, will be shrunk to 45nm SOI and dubbed Shanghai. Heka, the triple-core version, is slated for early 2009. Istanbul is in turn the code-name of the six-core derivate of Shanghai, and it wasn’t long ago it first appeared on the roadmaps. Istanbul is meant to launch in early 2009, and the biggest news is of course the two additional cores.
The previously mentioned octo-core Montreal has been scrapped in favor of the native six-core Istanbul, which will go dodeca-core with two dies glued together in 2010. The reason is suppose to be a more cost-efficient approach, and perhaps just a tiny bit because Intel also has a hexa-core coming, Dunnington.