John Fruehe at AMD has posted a helpful entry at his blog that outlines the current and very next generation of processors from AMD: what their names are, what they do, and who they’re meant for. It’s pretty handy.
It has information like this (below) for the current processors and the Q1/Q2 2010 lineup
In Q1 2010 we plan to introduce the “Maranello” platform, featuring the processor variant currently codenamed “Magny-Cours.” This is a new socket (G34) and the processor is expected to merge both the top end of the 2P market with the 4P/8P market, all conveniently in a single processor, the AMD Opteron 6000 Series processor. Core choices are expected to be 8 and 12 cores, with massive memory scalability through the 4 channels of DDR-3 memory per processor. By utilizing the same processor for both 2P and 4P designs, the AMD Opteron 6000 Series processor should enable several very interesting and flexible platforms with scalability of 16 cores through 48 cores. Clearly this processor is targeted at virtualization, HPC, database and business applications.
If you find yourself constantly forgetting whether its San Marino or Magny-Cours that will slot into the C32 socket, this is the post for you. If you don’t find yourself forgetting that sort of thing, I suggest you take some time off. Maybe catch a game. Work in the garden.