Turion 64 X2s to get a die shrink soon
AMD has been attempting to undercut Intel and keep stocks moving by repeatedly slashing prices across its desktop processor lineup, but the company's mobile chips haven't budged in a while. However, HKEPC reports that AMD will release Turion 64 X2 processors based on 65nm process technology and cut prices in order to counter the launch of Intel's upcoming Santa Rosa mobile platform. Santa Rosa is expected to bring higher front-side bus speeds, faster Wi-Fi, and Robson flash cache technology. We recently heard that Intel plans to release the platform early next month.
According to HKEPC, AMD's counterattack will be two-fold. The company is planning a "big price cut," as well as a chipset bundle promotion program. In addition, AMD will reportedly introduce a new top-of-the-line Turion 64 X2 with a TL-66 model number that will run at 2.3GHz and feature a 65nm core as well as DDR2-800 memory support. HKEPC says AMD will also introduce four 65nm Turion 64 X2 chips with clock speeds ranging from 1.8GHz to 2.2GHz and support for DDR2-800 RAM.
The die shrink should help AMD's competitiveness from the power consumption standpoint in the face of Intel's mobile Core 2 Duos, which are all based on 65nm process technology. Indeed, HKEPC says 65nm Turion 64 X2s up to the 2.2GHz model will have 31W power ratings, whereas the existing 90nm 2GHz Turion 64 X2 TL-60 is rated at 35W.