AMD Corrects Bulldozer Transistor Count

Written by John Ponio    Monday, 05 December 2011 17:23

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Back when all of the news of AMD's Bullzdozer line was coming out, AMD PR released the information that the flagship processor had 2 billion transistors. Well.. apparently that number was wrong. Anand Lal Shimpi of AnandTech has recently received and e-mail from AMD PR. Shimpi said about it:

"This is a bit unusual. I got an email from AMD PR this week asking me to correct the Bulldozer transistor count in our Sandy Bridge E review. The incorrect number, provided to me (and other reviewers) by AMD PR around 3 months ago was 2 billion transistors. The actual transistor count for Bulldozer is apparently 1.2 billion transistors. I don't have an explanation as to why the original number was wrong, just that the new number has been triple checked by my contact and is indeed right. The total die area for a 4-module/8-core Bulldozer remains correct at 315 mm²."

How AMD could have gotten the transistor count on their own, highly-anticipated product is beyond me. So far there's no word on why they originally released the wrong number. Source.