2004-06-11 IBM Power5 Successor to Power4 built in 0.13 um technology. The MCM (Multi Chip Module) includes 4 chips with two MultiThreaded cores each presenting a total of 16 virtual cores on the MCM. Each chip also has a 36 MB L3 cache attached for a total of 144 MB of L3 cache on the MCM. Each MCM can be connected to other MCMs through a 4GB/s bus for up to 128-way multiprocessing.
A single core version, also with Simultaneous MultiThreading, may also be launched. Each core includes 120 registers (80 on the Power4) and is said to have 40% to 100% better performance. Will later move to 90 nm with the Power5+ version.
Will be available 2004-06-11.
2005-02-XX Sony Cell PlayStation 3 will be powered by the "Cell" processor. It is based on a PowerPC G4 core with eight added vector engines, developed jointly by IBM, Sony and Toshiba. "A hypothetical Cell processor with eight of these APUs could achieve 32 BOPS and 32 gigaFLOPS at only 250MHz,".
Said to be in limited production in 2005 while full scale production is planned for 2006.
2005-04-18 Intel Pentium D Dual core processor replacing Tejas. Smithfield is the Workstation / gaming implementation of Paxville, part of the Lyndon platform. Uses the LGA775 socket and the Glenwood and Lakeport chipsets. Based on the NetBurst / Pentium 4 architecture but without HyperThreading. Basically two Pentium 4 chips on one die.
Launched in Q2 at 2.8, 3.0 and 3.2 GHz named 820 ($241), 830 ($316) and 840 ($530) respectively.
Launched as 'Pentium D' and 'Pentium EE', where EE adds HyperThreading.
2005-04-21 AMD K8 Dual Core Dual-core successors to the current Hammer / Opteron / AMD64 line. Includes the Egypt (800, 1,2,8-socket), Italy (200, 1,2-socket) and Denmark (100, 1-socket) and Toledo (desktop) chips.
Server and workstation chips in mid-05, while desktop chips are expected in H2. Said to move to 65 nm technology before the end of 2005.
Will be succeeded by the quad-core K9 series.
Prices: 865:$1514, 870: $2149, 875: $2649
Prices: 265:$851, 275: $1299
2005-06-07 AMD Toledo Desktop Athlon 64 FX chip with dual cores. To be called Athlon 64-X2.
- x80:2400 MHz, 1.35V, 80A, 95W, 67°C
- x75:2200 MHz, 1.35V, 80A, 95W, 67°C
- x75:2200 MHz, 1.15V, 48A, 55W, 71°C
- x70:2000 MHz, 1.15V, 48A, 55W, 71°C
- x60:1600 MHz, 1.10V, 30A, 30W, 71°C
2005-11-14 Sun Niagara Blade processor including 8 Afara-created (simplified UltraSparc I) cores on one die. Each core handles 4 threads and supports Switch on Event MultiThreading (SoEMT) like Montecito. Launched in 2006. (Previously said to be based on UltraSparc V cores). Named UltraSparc T1 at release.
2005-11-22 Xbox 360 Xbox 2 is also known as Xenon and said to be named Xbox 360. Said to use ATI R500 derivative graphics and a IBM 64-bit PowerPC 976 processor with three cores on one chip. Both processor and graphics chip work in big-endian mode. Xbox Next and Xbox Next HD shows up in second half of 2005 while Xbox Next PC (a fully fledged PC) shows in autumn 2006. Launched in a special MTV-show in May -05 and shipped in November this year. Previously known as Xbox 2.
2006-Q1 Intel Cedar Mill 65 nm processor Prescott-shrink, fill the gap between Prescott and Conroe. Said to be prepared for dual cores but will start off as a HyperThreading (dual threads) supporting single core chip. Newer info says that it is half a Presler. A value version with 512 KB of L2 cache, no HyperThreading and a slower bus is also rumoured.