Turion 64 X2 coming May 17?


— 10:02 AM on May 11, 2006

Following last week's reports that claimed the Turion 64 X2 mobile processor was delayed from May 9 to an undisclosed date in June, DigiTimes is now saying the chips will launch on May 17. The information is based on "unnamed motherboard makers," which are said to have received direct word from AMD about the change in schedule. Turion 64 X2s are expected to launch in seven speed grades, with clock speeds ranging from 1.6 GHz to 2.2 GHz, cache sizes of either 256 KB or 512 KB, and a power envelope of 35 W.

Aside from the Turion 64 X2 news, DigiTimes also echoes rumors of a May 23 launch date for the first Socket AM2 desktop processors. However, the site quotes Taiwanese DRAM makers as saying DDR2 memory mass production for AMD systems will only begin in July and August. Turion 64 X2 mobile chips are said to use commonly available DDR2-667 memory, but Socket AM2 chips will reportedly rely on DDR2-800 memory, which is currently in not so great supply beyond enthusiast modules. If true, memory availability issues could hamper the Socket AM2 launch, especially as Intel's upcoming Core 2 Duo seems to rely on DDR2-667 memory instead of DDR2-800.

 
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