Chip manufacturer AMD has announced plans for an new platform with a four-core, multi-socket processor.
The platform, dubbed 4x4, will be designed to be upgraded to eight total processor cores when AMD launches four-core processors in 2007.
Four-core chips put together four processors on a single platform, using less power than single-core designs. They help machines to process data more quickly and run more applications simultaneously.
AMD’s announcement is the latest in its continuing battle with rival chip manufacturer Intel, which has announced that it expects to ship its own four-core processor early next year.
AMD said its next-generation architecture for servers, workstations and desktops would be launched in the middle of next year, with a four-core design for servers, workstations and high-end desktops, and a dual-core design aimed at mainstream desktop markets.
The new processors will be built with the capacity to dynamically alter the frequency of each core on the chip to match application workloads – a design aimed at reducing power consumption.
The chip manufacturer is also planning a new mobile design for the second half of 2007, to offer improved power efficiency and longer battery life.