AMD is planning to launch a three-core processor family in the first quarter of next year. The processors will be 65nm Agena based processors with one of the 4 cores disabled. There will be two models at launch, Phenom 7700 clocked at 2.5GHz with 512KB of L2 cache per core and 2MB of L3 cache, the second is the Phenom 7600 clocked at 2.3GHz also having 512KB of L2 cache per core and 2MB of L3 cache.
The processors should be launching around March and later on we will begin to see three-core 45nm processors.
I think that AMD is smart to have this type of game plan, the marketing possibilities of a 3-core processor would be pretty amazing. I think that just the name “tri-core” just sounds really cool. I love the fact that AMD is taking a more interesting approach to making processors, I also think that if AMD can take the momentum of having a “true quad-core” processor and run with it, they will start to catch up with Intel.