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Advanced Micro Devices has decided to delay affordable quad-core and triple-core microprocessors made using 45nm process technology that it plans to sell under Athlon II brand and the chips will not be available before August-September. Still, the new breed of dual-core Athlon II X2 microprocessors is due in June timeframe during Computex trade-show.

Earlier AMD planned to release its code-named Propus and Rana microprocessors in April, whereas the dual-core Regor was scheduled for June launch. However, the latest plans of Advanced Micro Devices seen by X-bit labs indicate that the world’s second largest maker of x86 microprocessors will only release Propus and Rana in August-September timeframe, more or less inline with the company’s new mainstream desktop platform code-named Pisces.

AMD Athlon II X4 600-series (Propus) is a quad-core processor with dual-channel DDR2/DDR3 memory controller (depending on platform) and 2MB L2 cache (512KB per core), Athlon II X3 400-series (Rana) is a triple-core central processing unit with DDR2/DDR3 memory controller (depending on platform) and with 1.5MB L2 cache, whereas AMD Athlon II X2 200-series (Regor) is a dual-core processor with 1MB L2 cache per core and DDR2/DDR3 support, depending on the platform.

It is interesting to note that besides dual-core Regor processor, AMD will also release dual-core Callisto chip in June. Apparently, Callisto will be the long-awaited dual-core AMD Phenom II X2 chip with shared L3 cache and also made using 45nm process technology.

As the information comes from unofficial sources, officials from AMD did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: AMD, Athlon, Propus, Heka, Regor, Callosto, 45nm


Comments currently: 3
Discussion started: 04/02/09 05:20:17 AM
Latest comment: 04/07/09 04:17:19 AM


I think it is wise to hold off on the Athlon II X4 series. The current Phenom II pricing does not leave much room for less expensive Athlons without sacrificing the Phenom II X3 segment. There would be too much overlap between the lines without much of a performance difference.

I am eager to see the Phenom II based dual-core CPU, finally. Would make a nice option for low-power platforms such as HTPCs, etc.
0 0 [Posted by: mamisano  | Date: 04/02/09 05:20:17 AM]

boring... as usual they'll delay... so what's new?!?
0 0 [Posted by: dudde  | Date: 04/02/09 11:51:07 PM]

mamisano, same here, a dual core phenom II 45nm at around 65W would be a great htpc upgrade from a Athlon 64 X2 chips

AMD 780G chipset enables better deinterlace with HT3 enabled CPUs and Phenom II X2/Athlon II will be HT3 i asume

i think the Athlon IIs should wait, atleast they are cheap so might be smart to manufacture more of them, that might be the reason for delay

Phenom II X4 955 3,2ghz 2ghz HT is comming.. !
0 0 [Posted by: wiak  | Date: 04/07/09 04:17:19 AM]


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