AMD culls Phenoms

Posted by Nigel Constantine

Chipmaker AMD has dragged out several of its Phenom II X4 900 series CPUs for a long walk in a Berlin forest after which they will never be seen again.

According to Digitimes, which quotes its deep throats in the motherboard making industry, several models have been culled and AMD has plans to bring in a new CPU to fill the gap later next year.

AMD has already stopped taking orders for Phenom II X4 910 (2.6GHz/95W) and 945 (3.0GHz/125W) CPUs in fourth-quarter 2009 and will completely stop shipments in the second quarter of 2010.

altThe Phenom II X4 965 (3.4GHz/140W) and 925 (2.8GHz/95W) CPUs will make its final walk in the first quarter of 2010, while orders for the Phenom II X4 955 (3.2GHz/125W) are scheduled to end in the second quarter. All this clears the way for the second quarter of 2010 when AMD will launch a 95W Phenom II X4 955 processor.

It is not only the Phenom II X4 900 series which has been axed. AMD will also stop taking orders for several Phenom II X4 800, X3 700, X2 500, Athlon II X4 600, X3 400 series CPUs next year.

This will leave the Phenom II X4 820, Phenom II X3 740 and Phenom II X2 550 until AMD gets around to launching the 80W Phenom II X2 555 later in fourth-quarter 2009, and the 95W Athlon II X4 640 and 95W Athlon II X2 445 in the second quarter of 2010.

DigiTimes also claims that AMD will also bring forward the launch of its six-core desktop CPU codenamed Thuban to the second quarter of 2010. Thuban uses a 45nm process and has socket AM3 packaging.  It also has six 512KB L2 cache, 6MB L3 cache, and a core frequency of 2.8GHz.

Meanwhile, Intel's CEO Paul Otellini has been seen wining and dining several China-based graphics card makers as part of his Larrabee GPU promotion.  Larrabee is set to launch in 2010 and Otellini is supposed to be offering preferential pricing for the GPU purchased by itself, and bundled with other Intel products.