Advanced Micro Devices this week slashed prices on previous-generation accelerated processing units, central processing units and removed some of the older chips from the price-list ahead of the major product-line updates expected in late May or early June. The price-cuts are also expected to help AMD slightly boost its share on the market of desktop microprocessors.
The world’s second largest supplier of x86 central processing units (CPUs) reduced official prices of certain FX-series chips (which are effective in 1000-unit tray quantities) by 9.5% - 15.2%. Besides, the company also slashed prices of A-series “Llano” and “Trinity” accelerated processing units (APUs) in FM1 and FM2 form-factors by 9.9% - 18.9%, reports CPU World web-site.
Besides cutting the prices of its chips, AMD also removed microprocessors like Phenom II X4 840, 905e, 910e as well as Phenom II X6 1055T, 1075T, 1090T BE and 1100T BE from the price-list, a sign that they will soon be discontinued.
It is believed that AMD intends to unveil new APUs for desktops in late May or early June. AMD A-series Fusion “Richland” APUs feature up to four Piledriver x86 cores as well as AMD Radeon HD graphics with VLIW4 architecture. Thanks to improved clock-speeds without any gains in power consumption, the new A-series APUs should be noticeably faster than the predecessors in all kinds of applications, but retain drop-in compatibility with existing mainboards. Therefore, it is logical for AMD to cut price of current-gen A-series “Trinity” products.
AMD is also supposed to release faster versions of its FX-series central processing units with up to eight Piledriver x86 cores sometime in June, boosting clock-speeds and offering a low-cost alternative to Intel’s forthcoming Core i-series 4000-family “Haswell” microprocessors that will be revealed in early June.
AMD did not comment on its future plans.