Two AMD processors will ship in the second quarter while the company looks to bring an energy-efficient model to market.
Advanced Micro Devices, which has been struggling to bring its quad-core
microprocessors to market, is delaying the release of two new Phenom desktop
chips until the second quarter.
The AMD Phenom 9700 and 9900 chips were originally scheduled to ship this
quarter to join the three other Phenom models AMD has already released.
An AMD spokesperson confirmed reports that emerged from this year's
International CES expo in Las Vegas
that the new processors would be delayed. Instead, the chip maker will
concentrate on bringing an energy-efficient model-the Phenom 9100e-and its
triple-core chips to the market in the first quarter.
"We are currently shipping hundreds of thousands of Phenoms and, in
addition to adding the energy-efficient quad-core Phenom to Q1, we'll also ship
our triple-core product offering this quarter," the spokesperson wrote in
an e-mail to eWEEK. "This change is viewed favorably by the OEMs who
really wanted those [energy-efficient] and triple-core parts."
AMD's quad-core Opteron and Phenom processors have been haunted by a bug
within the chips' translation-lookaside buffer, which caused problems with data
being transferred from the Level 2 to the Level 3 cache. The latest delay,
according to AMD, was not related to this problem, but a decision made to
address the needs of more mainstream customers.
The Phenom chip is part of AMD's new desktop platform, which is geared
toward use by gamers and in high-end PCs. After the delays were announced, AMD
received some good news earlier in January when Hewlett-Packard announced a new
PC, the m8330f desktop, which uses a Phenom 9500 chip.