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AMD Designing All-New CPU Cores For ARMv8, X86 181

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crookedvulture (1866146) writes "AMD just revealed that it has two all-new CPU cores in the works. One will be compatible with the 64-bit ARMv8 instruction set, while the other is meant as an x86 replacement for the Bulldozer architecture and its descendants. Both cores have been designed from the ground up by a team led by Jim Keller, the lead architect behind AMD's K8 architecture. Keller worked at Apple on the A4 and A4 before returning to AMD in 2012. The first chips based on the new AMD cores are due in 2016."
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AMD Designing All-New CPU Cores For ARMv8, X86

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  • Serious Question (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 05, 2014 @03:57PM (#46921801)

    Is AMD just around so Intel doesn't get bogged down by anti-monopoly or antitrust penalties?

  • Re: Serious Question (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 05, 2014 @04:05PM (#46921857)

    64 cores per U, 80% intel performance per core, at 12% intel price.

  • by amorsen (7485) <benny+slashdot@amorsen.dk> on Monday May 05, 2014 @04:22PM (#46922037)

    Transmeta was at the end of the era where decoding performance mattered. Keeping the translated code around was actually useful. These days decoding is approximately free on any CPU with half-decent performance -- the amount of extra die space for a complex decoder is not worth worrying about.

    You can save a bit of power with a simpler decode stage, but you are unlikely to beat ARM Thumb-2 on power by software-translating x86 the way Transmeta did. Besides, most of the interesting code for low power applications is ARM or MIPS already, so what is the point?

  • Best of luck to them (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Dega704 (1454673) on Monday May 05, 2014 @04:36PM (#46922227)
    I was such an AMD fanboy ever since I built my first (new) computer with a K6-II. I have to admit I miss the days of the Athlon being called "The CPU that keeps Intel awake at night." After Bulldozer bombed so thoroughly I just gave up and haven't followed AMD's products since. I definitely wouldn't mind a comeback, if they can pull it off.
  • by amorsen (7485) <benny+slashdot@amorsen.dk> on Monday May 05, 2014 @04:49PM (#46922387)

    You cannot meaningfully do reordering and so on in software on a modern CPU. You do not know in advance which operands will be available from memory at which time. You have to redo that work every time you get to the code (unless it is in a tight loop, but modern x86's are REALLY good at tight loops) because circumstances will likely have changed -- and you cannot reorder in software every time, that is just too costly.

    If you want to see an architecture which looks like it has a chance of breaking the limits on single-threaded performance, look at the Mill [millcomputing.com]. In theory you could software-translate x86 to Mill code and gain performance, but it would be really tricky and no Mill implementations exist yet.

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