Rumor: AMD Broadens Bulldozer Launch Lineup for October

Paul Lilly

More reports are starting to surface indicating that AMD is pushing back the launch of its FX-series processors built around the company's highly anticipated Bulldozer microarchitecture. It appears AMD is now targeting an October launch, a time frame that's been floating around the Web for about a week now, but we've now learned AMD is gearing up for a broader Bulldozer launch than originally planned.

XBitLabs claims to have heard from "a source with knowledge of the company's plans" that the broader launch is intended to make Bulldozer more competitive, an unsurprising move considering Intel's recent addition of 16 new Sandy Bridge processors . With the new launch lineup in place, you can expect AMD to announce seven FX-series "Zambezi" chips in October and the following months, including four eight-core FX-8100 models, a single FX-6100 chip, and two FX-4100 chips.

What's particularly exciting here is AMD's aggressive push into eight-core territory. We doubt any of these will be super affordable chips, but with base frequencies ranging from 2.8GHz to 3.6GHz and beyond, we can't imagine all the eight-core parts will cost an arm and a leg.

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