The processor is unlocked to enable gamers and PC enthusiasts to optimize total system performance.
Advanced Micro Devices added
its fastest quad-core processor to the AMD Phenom II desktop processor family-the
PhenomTM II X4 980 Black Edition processor. When combined with the company's
8-series chipset and AMD RadeonTM HD 6000 series graphics cards, the Phenom II
X4 980 Black Edition processor enables an immersive computing experience that
provides advanced high-definition entertainment and multitasking capabilities.
The Phenom II X4 980 Black
Edition processor is unlocked to enable gamers and PC enthusiasts to
overclock and optimize system performance. This quad-core processor
operates at 3.7GHz with 6MB of L3 cache and a thermal design power of 125W. In
addition, AMD CoolCore technology reduces energy consumption by turning off
unused parts of the processor. For example, the memory controller can turn off
the write logic when reading from memory, helping reduce system power. It works
automatically without the need for drivers or BIOS enablement, and power can be
switched on or off within a single clock cycle, saving energy with no impact to
The processor also features
Dual Dynamic Power Management, which enables more granular power-management
capabilities to reduce processor energy consumption. Separate power planes for
cores and memory controller, for optimum power consumption and performance,
create more opportunities for power savings within the cores and the memory
controller. This helps improve platform efficiency by providing on-demand
memory performance while still allowing for decreased system power consumption.
technology, with rapid virtualization indexing, is a silicon feature-set
enhancement that is designed to improve the performance, reliability, and
security of virtualization environments. It accomplishes this by allowing
virtualized applications with direct and rapid access to their allocated
memory, which the company said helps virtualization software run more securely
In addition, AMD64 with
direct-connect architecture helps improve system performance and efficiency by
directly connecting the processors, the memory controller, and the I/O to the
CPU. The technology is designed to enable simultaneous 32- and 64-bit
computing, while an integrated memory controller increases application
performance by reducing memory latency and scales memory bandwidth and
performance to match computing needs.
The company also introduced
the Radeon E6760 embedded discrete graphics processor. AMD said the Radeon
E6760 GPU is the first of its kind to offer embedded-system designers the
combination of OpenCL support along with support for six independent displays.
The GPU can also be paired with AMD's upcoming high-performance A-Series APU (Accelerated
Processing Units), code-named "Llano," to offer additional graphics capability
and additional parallel-computing power.
"The Radeon E6760 GPU
secures AMD's position as a provider of the highest-performance graphics
processors available today for embedded devices," said Dan Joncas, vice
president of sales at ALT Software, which provides embedded graphics software
products and development services to semiconductor, operating system and
computing devices. "With remarkable graphics performance and video support,
power-management functions for resource-constrained devices, and OpenCL support
to unlock the GPU's parallel processing capabilities, the Radeon E6760 GPU
allows OEMs to differentiate their products from competitors by bringing new
levels of performance and functionality to their embedded devices."
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.