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AMD unveils 'first' 65W quad-core desktop processor

Posted: 31 Mar 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Phenom X4? quad-core desktop processor? multicore?

Phenom X4 9100e

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. claims the world's first energy-efficient desktop quad-core processor, providing customers with a cool and quiet digital media workhorse. With AMD Phenom X4 9100e quad-core processors, digital media enthusiasts and performance-hungry users can experience the powerful computing capabilities of a multicore architecture with a processor operating at a maximum of 65W.

By coupling an AMD Phenom X4 9100e with an AMD 780 series chipset, AMD offers an efficient PC platform that plays Blu-ray movies and delivers a rich computing experience for casual gamers and multimedia enthusiasts. The processor gives consumers extensive multi-tasking capabilities like creating digital content while checking and writing e-mails and simultaneously downloading music files off the Web. AMD Phenom X4 9100e and AMD 780 series based PCs are designed for consumers and business customers looking for cool, quiet, energy-efficient PCs.

"The AMD Phenom X4 9100e processor is our latest endeavor to help customers reduce energy consumption and environmental impact," said Greg White, corporate VP and general manager, desktop and embedded division at AMD. "Energy-efficient processors from AMD not only enable differentiated solutions but are extremely conducive to smaller and sleeker form factors like Home Theater PCs that take up less space and operate quietly. PCs such as this can also help reduce energy consumption and the associated environmental impacts of traditional PC form factors."

The AMD Phenom X4 9100e processor embodies a series of AMD energy-efficient innovations, including Cool'n'Quiet 2.0 technology, AMD's next generation power saving technology and AMD CoolCore technology, which helps users achieve more efficient performance by activating or turning off parts of the processor as needed.

With Independent Dynamic Core Technology, the devices allows a fully independent frequency control per processor core that can reduce processor energy consumption by adjusting power usage according to core utilization. The chip also features Dual Dynamic Power Management, which says AMD, enables a split power plane design, allowing independent voltage planes for processor and memory controller for greater control over performance based on system demands.

Another feature is the AMD Wideband Frequency Control, for simplified performance state transitions to help reduce power consumption, latency and software overhead of performance states changes. Lastly, with Multi-Point Thermal Control, the device enables multiple sensors across processor silicon designed to reduce speed and heat when temperature exceeds pre-defined limits.

The AMD Phenom X4 9100e processor is expected to be available from leading OEMs and System Builders.

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