AMD's Bulldozer: More Design Details Surface

AMD's Bulldozer is one of the most highly-anticipated CPU architectures in recent memory. For those who are eager for more info on this new processor design, some new slides outlining Zambezi for the Socket AM3+ platform recently surfaced.

Breaking down the eight-core "Bulldozer" die, we find four modules that are each composed of two cores. Each module packs 2 MB L2 cache for a total of 8 MB. The is also an integrated Northbridge that contains 8 MB of L3 cache, two 72-bit DDR3 memory channels and four 16-bit receive/16-bit transmit HyperTransport links.

From the slides, we also see how Turbo Core will behave in Bulldozer. When the CPU's workload is within the TDP headroom, there is no core boost activity. When there is TDP headroom in given a workload, the Turbo Core kicks in and increases clock speed across the board. Conversely, when there is a lightly threaded workload, half the modules go into C6 sleep state, and the remaining cores get clocked up higher for better performance.

See the full deck of slides at Computerbase.

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  • rantoc
    I hope this will be a worthy contender or surpases the current sandy bridges, otherwise we all are sure looking at higher CPU prices with the next intel refresh - both major cpu makers need to be competing or the prices will skyrocket and at the same time lower upgrades.

    We all remember intel back in the days before the Athlon came and started the competition that we today are enjoying.
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  • tacoslave
    This looks great and all but its going to supposedly be released on september 19th right? thats the new date given to us. Hopefully this wont be like their june, july, or august release dates or "end of 2010". Yup hopefully this is it. Hopefully it was a marketing decision so they could release it with there 7000 series gpu's. Then i can FINALLY upgrade
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  • ben850
    Can't wait for this damn thing to be released!! Just hope it is a viable option by the time it comes out..
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  • tacoslave
    This looks great and all but its going to supposedly be released on september 19th right? thats the new date given to us. Hopefully this wont be like their june, july, or august release dates or "end of 2010". Yup hopefully this is it. Hopefully it was a marketing decision so they could release it with there 7000 series gpu's. Then i can FINALLY upgrade
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  • acadia11
    Taht doesn't sound like a release date to me! We don't care. AMD stop trying to be Apple.
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  • ben850
    Can't wait for this damn thing to be released!! Just hope it is a viable option by the time it comes out..
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