LONDON Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has announced that the Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor is available at a price of between $537 and $1001 in 1000 unit quantities.
Dual-core processors are the next evolution of AMD64's Direct Connect Architecture, AMD (Sunnyvale, Calif.) said and the Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor connects two cores on a single die.
The company's press release did not indicate what manufacturing process technology the Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor is implemented with, or the clock frequencies the processor can achieve.
The processor, designed for desktop and desktop-replacement notebooks, deliver performance improvements of up to 80 percent on select digital media and productivity applications compared to single-core Athlon 64 processor, the company said. Digital media applications achieve an average of a 34 percent increase compared to similar single-core AMD Athlon 64 processors, while overall productivity benchmark results can see a 22 percent average increase, AMD said.
The Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor is designed to deliver the performance of a multi-core processor with the same 939-pin infrastructure as a single-core Athlon 64 processor. It requires only a BIOS upgrade.