AMD introduces low-power Athlon X2 processors, DTX spec

  • Taipei (Taiwan) – AMD today said that it has finalized the DTX motherboard specification for compact PC - and introduced two 45 watt dual-core processors for the new platform.

    The two new processors are 65 nm Athlon X2 processors which achieve their lower power consumption mainly by running at a lower clock speed than their current sister models, which achieve 65 watts at up to 2.6 GHz. The new BE-2300 and BE-2350 are checking in at 1.9 GHz and 2.1 GHz, respectively and are based on the socket AM2 Brisbane core with 221 million transistors, 2 x 512 KB L2 cache as well as support for DDR2-800 memory.

    Tray pricing for the new CPUs is set at $86 and $91.

    The processors introduce a new sequence numbering system, which is expected to spread across the AMD product line. AMD has not provided detailed information about the new strategy so far, but mentioned that the first letter in a product name identifies the product class and the second its power consumption. The first digit in the following number indicates the product family and the following three-digit number its performance relative to other products in the same family. In this case, “2” stands for Athlon X2 and a “350” model provides more speed than a “300” version.

    AMD said that that the new “convention is designed to clearly communicate product improvements and differences.” According to the company the new product designations “create more visible model increments representing the step function performance of multi-core processors in many usage scenarios.”

    AMD also announced the final version of the DTX spec, which is designed to enable system vendors to build smaller PCs around a compact motherboard. Asus is one of the first vendors to announce DTX motherboards, which are scheduled to become available in the fourth quarter of this year.