Single-core Athlons prepare for extended vacation
Seven Athlon 64 processors are still listed in AMD's latest price list, but the chips' days are numbered. Quoting anonymous sources at motherboard manufacturers, DigiTimes reports that AMD has already stopped taking orders for 65nm flavors of its Athlon 64 4000+, 3800+, and 3500+ processors. 90nm Athlon 64s are still rolling out of AMD's fabs, but reportedly in "very low volumes." It's not hard to see why: with the Athlon 64 X2 3600+ priced at $73, AMD now has single- and dual-core Athlons competing in the same price range.
To replace single-core Athlons, DigiTimes says AMD will introduce a new lineup of 65nm single-core Sempron processors with 45W power ratings. This new lineup will include LE-1100, LE-1150, LE-1200, LE-1250, and LE-1300 models, which will be clocked between 1.9GHz and 2.3GHz in 100MHz increments. The first two models will have 256KB of cache, while the other three will have 512KB.