AMD CPU lineup braces for mass extinction

Last week, we reported that AMD was planning to discontinue a large number of its processors in order to simplify its lineup. Now, DailyTech has grabbed an end of life roadmap that puts some dates on AMD's scheduled mass extinction. Apparently, AMD plans to discontinue twelve of its chips by the end of the year: the Athlon 64 X2 4800+, 4400+, and 4000+ for Socket AM2, the Athlon 64 X2 4400+ and Athlon 64s 4000+, 3700+, 3200+, and 3000+ for Socket 939, and the Athlon 64 3200+ plus Semprons 3300+, 3100+, and 2600+ for Socket 754. Retailers will only be able to order those chips until June 28, so they may disappear from store shelves rather quickly—the Socket AM2 contenders, for instance, are already gone from a number of online stores.

After the June 28 doomsday, the roadmap suggests AMD will stop selling Socket AM2 Athlon 64 3200+ and 3000+, Socket 939 Athlon 64 X2 4800+, and a couple of Socket 754 Sempron chips between the third and fourth quarters of this year. Last shipments will occur between the first and second quarters of next year, leaving AMD's lineup radically slimmed down, perhaps to make way for new products.

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