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AMD News: T64X2, Efficient Processor Roadmap, K8L Preview

AMD just released information about Energy Efficient Desktop Processors in the upcoming new AM2 socket, the long awaited 64-bit Turion 64 X2 dual-core mobile processors, and a sneak preview of their next-gen K8L processor technology.

May 17, 2006 — Turion 64 X2, the first 64-bit processors for mobile computing, supports AMD's hardware virtualization technology and dual-channel DDR2-667 memory in the new 638-pin Socket S1. Four models are available immediately. The table compares basics and pricing between dual-core AMD and Intel processors. Note that AMD's Thermal Design Power ratings, measured more stringently than Intel's, are very close their MT-series single-core Turion 64s. According to Chinese site, Intel will cut prices by up to 33% on May 28, probably to compete more closely with AMD's T64X2 pricing. AMD Turion 64X2 press release

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San Jose, Calif., May 16, 2006 — AMD Energy Efficient Desktop Processor Roadmap. AMD unveiled a top-to-bottom energy efficient AMD desktop processor roadmap at the In-Stat Spring Processor Forum. The processors enable sleeker PC designs and help consumers and susinesses save energy without compromising performance The initial energy efficient desktop processor model numbers include AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core, AMD Athlon 64 and AMD Sempron processors. These new desktop processors are slated for availability in May. AMD also announced pricing for these processors:

* Energy Efficient Desktop Processors with 65W TDP: AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processors 4800+ ($671), 4600+ ($601), 4400+ ($514), 4200+ ($417), 4000+ ($353) and 3800+ ($323).

* Energy Efficient Small Form Factor Desktop Processors with 35W TDP: AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor 3800+ ($364), AMD Athlon 64 processors 3500+ ($231), and AMD Sempron processors 3400+ ($145), 3200+ ($119) and 3000+ ($101).

AMD Energy Efficient Desktop Processor Roadmap press release

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San Jose, Calif., May 16, 2006 — AMD Provides Preview of K8L. Chuck Moore of AMD laid out details about the company's K8L quad-core processor in a keynote presentation at the In-Stat Spring Processor Forum. This piece by Scott Wasson of The Tech Report of a summary by David Kanter of Real World Technologies appears to be the best snapshot of the preview on the web today.

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