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Athlon dual-core processor fits in 939-pin micro PGA packaging

Posted: 31 May 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:amd? athlon 64 x2? dual-core processor? processor? advanced micro devices?

AMD says its new Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor delivers the performance of a multi-core processor with the same 939-pin micro PGA type packaging as the single-core Athlon 64 CPU.

According to Bob Brewer, corporate vice president, Desktop Business, Microprocessor Solutions Sector (MSS), AMD, his company's new Athlon chip provides users with performance improvements of up to 80 percent on select digital media and productivity applications compared to single-core AMD Athlon 64 processors. With this performance improvement, desktop users will have the ability to multi-task and do more in less time, he said. The dual-core units are produced in AMD's 90nm SOI (silicon-on-insulator) process technology.

The 4800+, 4600+, 4400+ and 4200+ CPUs are priced based on performance at $1,001, $803, $581 and $537, respectively, in 1,000-unit quantities. The 4800+ and 4600+ run at 2.4GHz while the 4400+ and 4200+ run at 2.2GHz.

The dual-core units require only a BIOS upgrade. For platform manufacturers, this means the processor can eliminate the time and expense involved in redesigning components, which represent savings then passed on to their customers. Systems builders can also have readily available parts to build their branded products without disruption. Digital media enthusiasts will see the infrastructure benefits carry over to performance benefits, especially as multi-tasking takes hold of consumer PC end users.

The processors use HyperTransport technology supporting a single link with up to 8GBps per link. The effective data bandwidth is spec'd for up to 14.4GBps (HyperTransport technology plus memory bandwidths). The 128-bit wide memory controller operates at 6.4GBps. The 4800+ and 4400+ processors have separate 1MB and 1MB L2 caches while the 4600+ and 4200+ have separate 512KB and 512KB L2 caches. The devices dissipate 110W at 1.35V. The processors work with chip sets from ATI, NVIDIA, SiS and VIA.

AMD plans to introduce a dual-core version of the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor when multi-threaded software games are available to take advantage of its benefits. In the meantime, AMD will continue to scale the performance of the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor to meet gamers' demanding needs.

- Marty Gold


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