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AMD Pledges To Demostrate 'True' Quad-Core By Year's End

The battle for quad-core market position has already begun for processor rivals Advanced Micro Devices and Intel.

On a second quarter earnings conference call Thursday, AMD executives said the company's planned quad-core processor—based on what executives characterized as a new microarchitecture—will be demonstrated before the end of the year.

"We have a new microarchitecture under development and the first substantiation of that will be the quad-core to be launched in mid 2007," said Dirk Meyer, AMD's president and chief operating officer.

At an analyst day last month, AMD talked about its plans for the new architecture, which includes L3 cache, 32-bit instruction fetch, dual 128-bit SSE data flow, and dual 128-bit loads per cycle.

AMD has stressed that its quad-core design will be a "true quad-core," meaning it will contain four separate cores on a die.

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