AMD Ships First Dual-Core, 64-bit Desktop CPU
AMD announced this week it is shipping the first dual-core 64-bit Athlon CPU for desktops right on schedule. The company had said in late April that it would ship them in June and beat that by a day.
“The AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor is designed to allow consumers and businesses to simultaneously download audio files such as MP3s, burn a CD, check and write e-mail, edit a digital photo and run virus protection – all without slowing down their computer,” the company said in a statement, adding that “[it] can also deliver superior performance as multi-threaded applications continue to spread.”
Like dual-core versions of AMD’s 64-bit Opterons server CPUs, which shipped in April, the new dual-core Athlon 64 processor is plug-compatible with existing systems, requiring only a BIOS upgrade.
Pricing is based on performance. The AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processors 4800+, 4600+, 4400+ and 4200+ cost $1,001, $803, $581 and $537, respectively, in quantities of 1,000.
Stuart J. Johnston has covered technology, especially Microsoft, since February 1988 for InfoWorld, Computerworld, Information Week, and PC World, as well as for Enterprise Developer, XML & Web Services, and .NET magazines.