AMD Readies Bunch of New Processors to Refresh Back-to-School Lineup

AMD to Speed Up Popular Chips on September, 21

by Anton Shilov
08/11/2010 | 10:13 AM

Advanced Micro Devices plans to introduce a number of potentially popular microprocessors on the 21st of September, 2010, source familiar with AMD's plans revealed Wednesday. The firm will introduce a new member of its six-core chips family as well as its fastest quad-core central processing unit (CPU) ever.


It is quite noteworthy that AMD decided to perform a major update of the microprocessor lineup in late September, in the last days of the third quarter. Perhaps, the company feels that its present lineup is enough competitive for both back-to-school season as well as to ensure high revenue in the third quarter.

The two key processors set to be announced are AMD Phenom II X6 1075T (3.0GHz/3.50GHz TurboCore with 9MB of cache) and AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition (3.50GHz, 8MB of cache). The first will cost in the range between $230 - $240 and will broaden the line of code-named Thuban microprocessors, whereas the second will be AMD's fastest quad-core microprocessor with the price tag that is likely to be below $200.

Considering the fact that TurboCore clock-speed of the six-core model 1075T will be 3.50GHz, the difference in price between it and the quad-core Phenom II X4 970 BE should be considerable as the chips have equal performance in applications that require up to four threads (in order to avoid internal competition between six-core and quad-core products).

The world's second largest supplier of central processing units will also introduce dual-core AMD Phenom II X2 560 (3.30GHz, 7MB cache) as well as quad-core AMD Athlon II X4 645 (3.1GHz, 2MB L2 cache) microprocessors that will cost around ~$100 and will be aimed at advanced systems in budget.

AMD did not comment on the news-story.