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.
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.