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.