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Once"> Solotko said AMD has been working with a number of software companies and ISVs to ensure that applications can work with and take advantage of the three-core design. "With this processor, users will be able to run three applications at the same time or take better advantage of multithreaded applications and any number of gaming applications," Solotko said. "We have gone out and talked to a number of software providers, and there is no obstacle in the way of having a processor with three cores.""From a product offering, a company can offer three cores, but the question is, Where will the vendors put it, what will the price from the whole system be, and what markets will the vendors target?" Shim said. "Differentiation never hurts in the PC industry, but it comes down to economics and what the ultimate offering will be when the product is offered in a system." AMD gained back some market share in the second quarter. Find out how. The tri-core Phenom X3, along with its dual-core and quad-core cousins, is part of AMDs next-generation family of Star processors. The design of the desktop processors is similar to the companys quad-core Opteron processor for servers and workstations, which debuted Sept. 10. Like the quad-core Opteron, each of the processing cores with the Phenom desktop models with have a dedicated Level 2 cache of 512KB and a shared L3 cache of 2MB. The new desktop chips will also offer an integrated DDR2 (double data rate 2) memory controller and use the third version of AMDs HyperTransport technologya high-speed, chip-to-chip interconnectthat will offer at least 16G bps of bandwidth I/O. The processors are also designed to work with Socket AM2 and Socket AM2+, which will allow users to easily plug the new processors into an existing socket. So far, AMD is not offering any specifics on the clock speed of either the quad-core or tri-core Phenom processors. At a meeting with industry analysts earlier this year, the company did display a gaming desktop using a Phenom processor running at 3GHz. Since the release of the quad-core Opteron processor, AMD has had to explain why those models do not meet the clock speed expectations of some industry watchers and customers. AMD has not released a pricing range yet for the Phenom line nor has the company revealed which vendors will offer PCs with these desktops processors. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news in desktop and notebook computing.
Richard Shim, an analyst with IDC, said that a triple-core processor, while unique in the industry, will only sell if OEMs create systems to take advantage of its design and if AMD properly prices the processor to meet market expectations.